The Saracens Laverstoke Pie was officially launched in the City of London as four players from the North London club battled it out in the Pie and Mighty Challenge to see who could eat the delicious pies the fastest.
In front of an excited crowd at Potters Field in the shadow of Tower Bridge, the first semi-final of the day pitched a heavily backed Jacques Burger against a quietly confident Matt Stevens.
The chanting crowd, who were also enjoying the delicious pies that will be available on matchdays at Saracens new Allianz Park home, were treated with a master class from Stevens, who after initially falling behind to Burger’s impressive start, stamped his undoubted authority onto proceedings to take the contest.
A dejected Burger said: “The pies were delicious. Although attempting to force them down in record time is not how I would recommend them to be eaten. They are sure to be very popular at Allianz Park.”
Rhys Gill faced Jamie George in the second semi-final as England battled Wales…and it was the red rose that triumphed. Gill initially edged forward, but George responded in kind with some breath-taking consumption of pastry.
“I have no words that will explain how disappointed I am. I really thought I would excel at this format,” said a pied-faced Gill.
The final pitched George against Stevens, and despite a much talked about upset, the England prop dominated the contest with a commanding exhibition of pie eating which left the talented George question the decision to taunt his opponent in the build-up to the final.
“I had no match for Matt today. He’s a machine,” said the disappointed George as Stevens collected the Pie and Mighty Trophy