'˜Time to scrap draws and bring in golden point,' says Wigan Warriors ace Tomkins

Sam Tomkins says he would back any move to introduce golden point to Super League.
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Sam Tomkins

Club bosses and chief executive Robert Elstone are discussing ways of making games more attractive next season.

A ‘shot clock’ – to cut breaks in play for drop-outs, scrums and goal-kicks – and cutting the number of interchanges from 10 to eight are also being considered.

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And Tomkins believes Super League games should go to sudden-death if the score is locked after 80 minutes.

“I think we should scrap the draw and go to golden point,” said the 29-year-old.

“I’ve been involved in it in the NRL, and nobody wants to see a draw. Nobody.

“If you’re an underdog and you get a draw, you think, ‘We could have won that and caused an upset’, and if you’re a big team you think it’s a point lost. I’d bring it in.

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“Fans don’t want to pay money to watch nobody win. There are battles throughout the game which someone wins. If two wingers jump for a ball, somebody wins that contest.

“If a bloke runs into someone, there’s a winner in that –whether he makes metres or he doesn’t.

“And so to have 80 minutes of competitiveness and wins and losses, to finish with a draw, I don’t think it’s good.”

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