It's time for golden point, says Beale after 'dull' draw
KURTLEY Beale says drawn Test matches feel "dull” and like "dead rubbers” and authorities should consider extra-time or an NRL-style golden point period to satisfy players and fans.
Beale was talking in the wake of the Wallabies' second draw inside a month against the Springboks, after the sides followed up their 23-all result in Perth with a 27-all draw in Bloemfontein.
The Wallabies have only ever drawn 18 times in 611 Tests, and never before drawn twice in a year, let alone twice inside a month. Against the same team.
The Bloemfontein stalemate came after the third Test of British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in July also ended in a draw - and hence a tied series.
The Aussie side retained the Mandela Plate but the blank, emotionless faces of the players in the team photo afterwards told the story. The Wallabies had won the trophy without winning a game.
"It's just a dull feeling, isn't it?” Beale said post-match.
"There's no proper result, I feel like it's just a bit of a dead rubber kind of thing. It's a lot of mixed emotions.”
Beale said on TV post-game that he wouldn't mind if Test matches went into extra-time or a golden-point period to ensure a team wins.
"Marto (Greg Martin) brought it up, obviously he loves his rugby league and so do I,” Beale said later.
"I think you've definitely got to look into it. Five minute break - or maybe a 10-minute break up on the Highveld just to get the oxygen in the lungs a bit.
"Both teams thought they should have won and for the fans, really, it probably would be better for them to get a certain result.
"But at the end of the day, we're the players and we're just playing the game.”
Beale won the game for the Wallabies in their last Test in Bloemfontein in - kicking a goal after the final hooter.
Seven years on it was Elton Jantjies who had a similar shot to win, though closer, in the 77th minute.
"Obviously it was a good opportunity for them to take the lead but I always backed if he was going to get that kick, that we were going to get a good restart and continue on with the game,” Beale said.
"Those things happen, there was obviously a pressure moment in the game and they didn't deliver there.”
The centre wouldn't have been able to nail a match-winner this time though - in regulation or extra time - given he was replaced, absolutely exhausted, in the last ten minutes.
Both sides were spent after an up-tempo game where the Springboks tried to use the altitude by wearing the Aussies out early.
It didn't work, because the Wallabies didn't fall off in the last quarter.
But the Australians didn't do themselves any favours, either, by letting the Boks back in their territory with ill-timed penalties, mistakes or passive tackling.
"I thought when the chances came, we took them, but we just couldn't finish off and they're work-ons we need to keep working on throughout the series and for the next few years, really,” Beale said.
"Young guys in big pressure moments, you can kind of see that their inexperience is coming out.
"But I really feel like we're growing. That game for us was really good as a group to move forward and keep growing and learning off each other and putting ourselves in better positions in games.”