There were mixed fortunes for the two Ultimate Big Boot teams on the hallowed Welford Road turf on Friday night.
Newmarket RFC made three catches under the lights at half-time of the Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints, but the young players from Milton Keynes RFC put in a gutsy effort despite no catches from their ten attempts.
The Ultimate Big Boot, sponsored by De Montfort University (DMU), tests the catching skills of participants on the Welford Road pitch as part of the half-time entertainment at the home of the Leicester Tigers.
Morgan Kennedy made one of the three catches for Newmarket RFC in front of more than 23,000 supporters at Welford Road.
He said: “It feels pretty amazing, to be honest. It’s amazing to catch one, but when you catch two it’s even better, and three is just brilliant.
“I’ve never done anything like this before – and the pitch is a lot better than ours!”
Meanwhile Fraser Hulden, from Milton Keynes RFC, was still pleased with the experience, despite his side’s no score.
“I think the fact that I got anywhere near the ball is quite impressive for a front rower!” he explained.
“The experience was amazing – it really realises a dream that I have. I want to play here when I’m older, and the atmosphere is fantastic.
“The Big Boot is an amazing thing; I was lucky to even get near the ball, so I’m impressed with that.”
The season’s best score so far is seven, set by staff from the Tigers Group Sales team during October’s European match against the Scarlets.
The Ultimate Big Boot is available for group bookings and all competitors receive a Big Boot T-shirt as a souvenir. All participants must be aged 14 or over. For more information, call 0116 2171 216 and learn more about our Group Days.