Golden era to end?

Should we get rid of golden point? Is there a better way to decide the outcome of a game than just kicking a field goal?

That is the question currently being asked with media reports the NRL is considering changing the contentious rule for the 2016 finals series and Grand Final.

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The golden point rule has provided its share of thrilling moments since it was brought into the competition in 2003.

The drama of the sudden-death scenario was on full display on Sunday at Leichhardt Oval.

For the third time in his career Cooper Cronk stepped up in golden point to win the game for Storm.

Storm have been involved in nine golden point games, winning five of them while losing two and drawing two.

It is a favourable record that has never failed to test the heart rate of the purple faithful each and every time.

However there are now calls for the golden-point rule to be replaced by a scenario that would give both teams equal opportunity to win the game.

One option thrown up has been to adopt an NFL-style rule that allows the opposing team to respond if one teams kicks a field goal off the opening possession.

The debate as to the fairness of golden point is likely to range for some time. Until its fate is decided, rugby league fans will continue to ride the emotional rollercoaster it brings.