Should IRL finals be decided by golden point rather than replays?

POWERFUL FORCE: Brothers players celebrate a try in yesterday’s qualifying semi-final at North Ipswich Reserve.
POWERFUL FORCE: Brothers players celebrate a try in yesterday’s qualifying semi-final at North Ipswich Reserve. Rob Williams

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THE fans got their money's worth but the players understandably don't want to go through it all again.

They have to though.

Goodna and Norths played out a 30-all draw on Saturday night, featuring two periods of extra time, to set up a replay at the North Ipswich Reserve on Wednesday night.

Goodna skipper Alby Talipeau believes it was too much for his weary troops, despite the courage they showed to force the elimination semi-final replay.

He'd rather the golden point rule, where the team to score first in extra time wins.

As it was, that would have been the Tigers on Saturday night.

In almost a repeat of last season's corresponding match, Norths came from 24-4 at half-time to dominate the second half.

The draw saw the teams line up again for 10 minutes of extra time each-way.

Goodna's fitness seemed to be failing and Norths were on a roll when they scored in the first half of extra time.

But Goodna found something to level it up in the second half of extra time, following a Norths' error and penalty which gave them the field position to have a crack.

On the third tackle, Vili Leaunoa dived over from dummy-half to level the scores.

When the second full-time was called, players were surprised to hear they would have to play another five minutes each way.

Talipeau was able to appreciate the contest form a neutral's perspective.

"Norths did well to come back," he said.

"It was a great game. It would have been a shame to have a loser."

Talipeau reckons it is a better option than having to turn up on Wednesday night for a replay.

"Ipswich has got to re-arrange the rules there," he said.

"If there'd been golden point, Norths would have won but we've got to think about the health and well-being of the players. In the second period of extra-time, most were cramping up and fatigued."

For whichever team wins the replay, backing up to play Swifts on Sunday represents another mountain to climb.

If they could manage to win that, a grand final against a Brothers team coming off a week's rest could almost be a mismatch.

"I'm a bit worried," Talipeau said. "A lot of players gave it their all and now have to back up."

Whether it was just 32-year-old Talipeau feeling the effects of 110 minutes of football or not, his response when asked how the boys would get up for Wednesday was not entirely convincing.

"I'm not too sure," he said.

"Some players can't make it because they work night shifts.

"It's going to be tough.

"For those who do play, it's all going to be about mental toughness. They've got to tell themselves they're only two steps from the grand final."

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