Gareth Ellis - Golden Point provides real drama like no other

THERE is no feeling like winning a game in Golden Point extra-time.

MAGIC MOMENT: Hull FC's players celebrate Marc Sneyd's golden point drop goal. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

We managed to do it again at Wakefield on Friday and there is such elation.

It’s a great way to win a match but such contests are the epitome of two ends of the scale; if you prosper in Golden Point it really is the best feeling in the world but lose and it’s the total opposite.

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I know Chris Chester, the Wakefield coach, has suggested the losing team should still get a point for the draw like they do in the Championship.

But I don’t mind the rule as it is and I have been on both ends of it. The one that springs to mind is the game at Wigan last year – the first one in Super League – when we won with Marc Sneyd’s drop goal and he popped up to do it again for this latest one at Belle Vue

But I remember playing with Wests Tigers against the Sydney Roosters in a play-off game in 2010 and seeing Shaun Kenny-Dowall score a try off an intercept to win it for the Roosters in Golden Point.

In a big game like that, it is horrendous; that is one of the most memorable matches in my career – but also one of the most disappointing.

I think if you bring in Golden Point you bring it in for all of that drama don’t you?

Hull FC's Josh Jones gets away from Wakefield Trinity's Jacob Miller. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

That’s the way it pans out; one team and one set of fans enjoy that high at one end of the scale, and the other side that horrible low.

In terms of tactics when approacing Golden Point, winning the toss really is key, trying to make sure you receive possession first.

And then, for us, it’s a case of making as many yards as possible to get Sneydy in range to give him a chance.

He took it, like he always tends to do, and it was nice to see it go over with our first attempt.

I know Sneydy has his knockers in the game and in sections of our own support.

But there have been many occasions where we have needed him to step up to the plate in big games for us and he has done that.

Friday night was a big game in the context of things on the back of what we’ve been doing (three successive defeats) and he’s come up with another great play for his 33rd drop goal in Hull colours.

It wasn’t an easy drop goal either being about 40 metres out and obviously he’s landed it again.

The last player I can remember anything like Sneydy in terms of amount of one-pointers in his career is probably Lee Briers.

It’s a brilliant skill to have and I do have every confidence whenever I see him putting boot to ball. I’m always glad he’s on our side in those situations.

But the reason why he’s so good is he’s just unflappable; Sneydy’s so cool, calm and collected.

I think he actually relishes and enjoys those moments; he looks forward to getting those chances.

I remember speaking to Andy Farrell about kicking in big games and he always used to say he looked forward to those pressure moments. Sneydy is very much the same.

When you’re ina bit of a hole, like we have been for the last few weeks, it’s just important to find a way to win – no matter how ugly it is and we did that.