Gilly says golden point will
produce negative football

Former Queensland captain Trevor Gillmeister says the "golden point" rule to be adopted for this year's State of Origin series will encourage negative football.

Gillmeister says the winner should be decided by a try only in extra time to prevent players from setting up for a field goal. The captain of the 1995 Maroons side says fans want to see the free-flowing football and not players attempting to break deadlocks through kicks.

The rule was passed at a three-hour Australian Rugby League board meeting in Canberra yesterday, despite strong opposition from the Queensland camp.