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Sarries fan kicks 250,000 prize

Crossbar challenge
Saracens fan Stuart Tinner celebrates his win with the Saracens cheerleaders

A Saracens fan who lives with his parents won £250,000 in a kicking competition at Wembley on Tuesday.

Stuart Tinner, 24, was one of three supporters chosen to try and hit the crossbar from 30 metres at half-time as Saracens took on South Africa.

The Job Centre worker kicked in his socks and said he would buy a flat, a car and a Saracens season ticket.

"I've already spoken to my parents and they told me to keep my feet on the ground," he said.

"I really can't believe it. It's an amazing feeling and I've just won £250,000 - I'm still in a daze," added Tinner, who plays hooker for the Welwyn RFC fifth team.

"It won't change me, I'm still going to work in the morning - but what a night it has been."

The club are playing four matches at Wembley this season in a bid to increase their support base. On Tuesday they attracted 46,281 to see them beat world champions South Africa 24-23.

Chief executive Ed Griffiths said: "What we try and do at Wembley is to provide a great game of rugby and more.


"With a guy winning quarter of a million at half-time, we had something a lot of people will remember."

Saracens, with a famous victory under their belts, had taken precautions by insuring themselves against anyone winning the £250,000 prize.

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Saracens 24-23 South Africa
17 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union

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