Sunday, January 02, 2011
Just over a year ago we watched in amazement as Stuart Tinner became an overnight legend when he won the inaugural Crossbar Challenge at Wembley. Saracens hosted the event once again, on Boxing Day, and this time it was Matthew Rouse who struck gold.
The Dominos Crossbar Challenge took place at halftime of the Saracens vs Wasps clash on Boxing Day, and it was 33 year old Rouse who replicated what Tinner did by hitting the crossbar with one kick. Over 38 000 fans witnessed the moment Rouse won himself a cool 250 000 at Wembley.
"I havent played rugby since school and even then I used to warm the replacements bench, so all I could think about when I got out there was to try and make a good contact with the ball and try not to embarrass myself.
"I had visions of me scuffing the ball and it going straight along the ground. So I just concentrated on at least trying to get it up in the air and as soon as I kicked it, it felt like a clean connection and nobody was more surprised than me in the ground when it hit the crossbar," Rouse said.
He entered via text message before the game and was one of the three lucky participants who were chosen to take part in the contest.
"I joked to the family before I left for the game that Id enter the competition and try to come home with the cheque, but this is like a dream.
"Ive no idea what we will spend the money on. My wife will decide that, but we certainly will be looking to have a fantastic holiday with the children. Its been a special day and one I will never forget," he added.
As this is the first post of the year here on Rugbydump, lets hope Matt's great win is a good omen for a positive twelve months of rugby ahead. Congratulations to him and his family.
Saracens fan wins 250 000 in the ultimate Crossbar Challenge