Bennett's golden point gripe
Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has again criticised golden point despite his side's 21-20 win in extra time at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Anthony Milford kicked a 40-metre field goal in the dying seconds of the first half of golden point to seal victory over the North Queensland Cowboys.
It was sweet revenge for the Broncos after a devastating NRL grand final loss to the Cowboys in 2015.
Despite being on the winning side this time round, Bennett still insists golden point has to go.
"I'm still not a fan of it. Tonight we won but next time we will lose. Outside of gridiron we are probably one of the only codes that implement it," Bennett said.
"We gave so much tonight and we have to play again next week. I just can't believe we have to play another 10 minutes of football after what they've already produced. It's not like we get three months off after an effort like that.
"We used to be happy with a draw and a lot of people still are. My position on the matter hasn't changed and it won't change."
Widely described as one of the greatest grand finals in NRL history, Brisbane's loss to the Cowboys in the 2015 decider could have gone a lot differently had golden point extra time not been used.
That iconic moment of Johnathan Thurston slotting the winning field goal may have never come about and we may have even seen a different winner.
It appears this loss is fresh in Bennett's mind, with the master coach still not happy at how the game finished.
"Golden point isn't the way to determine a grand final. I can cop it during the season but not during the playoffs," he said.
"Teams deserve better opportunities than golden point. I accept that games need to be resolved on the day but at the same time we need to change something.
"We could play extra-time for 10 or 15 minutes and that way each team has equal opportunities to score as they did in 1989 when Canberra won the grand final. It was a great moment when Steve Jackson scored the try in extra-time."
The 20-minute extra time period in that grand final gave both Canberra and Balmain equal opportunity to win the game, and the teams went onto produce one of the greatest NSWRL grand finals of all time.
The 1989 grand final may support Bennett's argument, but changing the rules come finals time would be a drastic measure and Cowboys coach Paul Green says it shouldn't happen.
"I don't think we should play a season under one set of rules and then play a finals series under a different set," Green said.
"A team could miss out on winning because of a rule change. You can't change the rules."