Golden point ‘Super Time’ gets thumbs up in Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) – An innovation to inject extra life into Australian Super Rugby got the thumbs up from players and coaches despite a maiden Super Time failing to separate the Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels.

The new rule sends a match into an extra five minutes each way if it is tied after 80 minutes, with the first to score from either a drop goal, penalty kick, or try, winning.

It was among a slew of tweaked regulations introduced ahead of the domestic Super Rugby AU, which kicked off last week, and used for the first time on Friday night when the two teams were 18-18 at full-time.

Neither side could break the deadlock in extra time, but the concept was praised, with Rebels skipper Dane Haylett-Petty even suggesting they should play on until someone does score.

“It probably gives the fans what they want and no one really wants a draw at the end,” he said.

“It probably would’ve been good to keep going until there was a winner but I think we are definitely disappointed.

“But I thought it (Super Time) was really good, you could see the players were out on their feet but everyone was pushing to try and get that result, build a bit of pressure and try and get that winning point,” he added.