Sky Sports viewing figures mean controversial rule is going no where

Many have questioned the use of Golden Point in Super League but it is clear that the concept is here to stay because of the viewing figures.

Sky Sports’ live coverage of Friday night’s fixture between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens attracted their second biggest peak audience of the season – behind only the Thursday night opener between Warrington and Leeds in February.

And that peak was reached during the breathless 10 minutes of golden point extra time, during which Lewis Dodd snatched a dramatic 13-12 win for the champions – after the teams had been level after 80 minutes.

That was the second match to go to extra time on consecutive nights and it had been a similar story 24 hours earlier at Hull KR, whose home game against Wigan Warriors had also been shown live on Sky Sports – with viewing figures again peaking during the additional period as Wigan snatched victory with a sensational Liam Farrell try.

Thus, fans are clearly interested in the concept even though some complain about its use.

It also seems to be a brilliant way to attract new fans and viewers to the sport.

With the Sky TV deal set to expire, perhaps we should cross our fingers and hope for more golden point thrillers.