Groups from Nuneaton RFC and the Seven Stars pub in Rugby faced The Ultimate Big Boot at half-time in Sunday’s big game between Leicester Tigers and Wasps at Welford Road.
The Nuneaton team made seven catches to move to joint-second on the season’s leaderboard and win their head-to-head on the day with the Seven Star, who made one catch from their 10 attempts.
Sam Everett was among the catchers for the Nuns and said: “It’s a solid performance, it’s about what we expected. It’s a decent effort.”
Only Old Laurentians RFC, who made eight catches, have beaten their total this season.
Seven Stars, who run a coach for Tigers supporters to home fixtures at Welford Road, made one catch, made by Andy Kidd, a Wasps supporter! He also kept the ball as part of a promotion with club partners STIHL.
“Everyone tried their hardest,” he said. “It’s better than no catches at all!”
Sponsored by De Montfort University, the Ultimate Big Boot allows groups to show their skills in front of a big Tigers crowd, challenging them to catch balls fired high into the sky as part of the half-time entertainment.
There is an Ultimate Big Boot jackpot prize for any team that can claim a full set of 10 catches, starting at £2,000.
The Ultimate Big Boot is available to Tigers group bookings. Participants must be aged 14 or over. All participants receive a Big Boot T-shirt as a souvenir.