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All square in final Big Boot of 2019

Two teams shared the spoils in the final Ultimate Big Boot of 2019 at Leicester Tigers on Saturday.

Young players from Long Eaton RFC near Nottingham took on a group of friends led by Chris Bennett during half-time of Tigers’ festive fixture with Exeter Chiefs, and both teams managed a pair of catches in front of more than 21,000 supporters at Welford Road in the De Montfort University-sponsored contest.

And, in true Christmas spirit, both sides took home a £100 prize after their daring displays on the Tigers turf – even if the two teams had very different expectations from their 10 attempts.

“We’re pretty happy with how we did, and pleased to go home with £100,” said Sam, who led Long Eaton’s charge.

“Our club have done the Big Boot before quite a few times, but none of us have ever had the chance to come out here onto the pitch.

“We’ve always wanted to have a go, and we’ve had a really good time.”

Chris Bennett’s group were a little harsher in their assessment of the match-up.

“We’re extremely, extremely disappointed,” he laughed. “We were targeting all 10 catches before we came out – so we’re disappointed to only get two!

“The last time I did this, I was on my own dressed as an elf – and caught it – so it was heart-breaking to have three slip through my grasp this time.

“As well as the Big Boot, we’ve had an amazing afternoon all-round, and we’ve really enjoyed the rugby. We’ll be back.”

This season, the Ultimate Big Boot offers a £100 prize for the winner of each matchday’s head-to-head contest, with a jackpot prize for a clean sweep of 10 catches.

All participants must be aged 14 or over, and receive a Big Boot t-shirt as a souvenir. For more information on how to get involved in 2020, head to the link below.