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The final game in Round 21 saw the Gold Coast Titans and the Cronulla Sharks walk away with one point each following 80 minutes of normal time and 10 minutes of Golden Point.

Once again the debate continues as to whether Golden Point is the right way moving forward.

This has driven many fans, as well as former players and experts, to suggest new options for what happens after a drawn match.

Below are a few options that could be looked at.

1. Keep Golden Point as it stands.

If the scores are level at the end of 80 minutes, 5 minutes are played, the teams swap ends with no break, and a further 5 minutes are played. Any score (try, penalty goal or field goal) in this 10-minute period secures a win for the scoring team, and the game ends at that point. If the scoring event is a try, no conversion is attempted. If no further scoring occurs, the game is drawn and each team receives one competition point.

2. Extra time played before golden point.

Five minutes of extra time each way will be played in the event of a draw at the conclusion of standard time. If scores are level at the end of extra time, the game will go to golden point. Similar to the way it will be played in the 2016 Finals Series.

3. Golden Try.

To win in golden point, the team will need to score a try, whether or not a field goal is kicked and this will allow teams to play footy and be forced to attempt and score a try, but still with the entertaining suspense of extra time

4. Both teams walk away with points.

If a game does go to golden point and a try, penalty goal or a field goal is awarded, than both teams should still walk away with points. The team that wins takes home two points and the team that goes down takes away one point.

5. A draw is given after 80 minutes.

Before golden point was introduced in 2003, the game of rugby league after 80 minutes if scores were level, was declared a draw and both teams walked away with a point each.

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