Former England players Jamie Lyon and Benji Valentine have said they were unaware of a “scary” situation during their time on supermarket sweep competition.
Speaking to the Sunday People, Lyon said he was “stunned” to see the “incredible” situation the men were in, and Valentine said he had “no idea” what had happened.
“I just thought we had been on a supermarket sweep and there was no fight,” Valentine said.
“It was really bizarre.
We were all just watching and we just kept going.”
The guys didn’t want to fight because they were scared.
I don’t know why we weren’t told about it.
“Lyon also claimed the men didn’t “see the fight” as it “went on for a long time”.”
There was a fight between Sam and Ben that went on for quite a long period of time and that was it,” he said.
The 35-year-old added: “I wasn’t aware of it and there’s no way we could have known because we’re all on a routine sweep.”
We’ve been doing that for about 10 years.
We’ve all got jobs, we’ve got kids.
I’ve been working hard to put myself through school and university, so we were probably in our 20s at the time.”
But the guys didn, and it went on a long, long time.
“Burgess was among the winners of the supermarket sweep, which saw the men take home the grand prize of £3,500.
He said he “couldn’t believe” the moment his name was called on the show.”
Sam and Ben were both really keen to get on the programme and they were very excited,” he told the Sunday Times.”
They had been working together for a while, but I was kind of the last person to get up and put my name on the line.
“At first I thought it was just going to be me, but then I realised it was actually Benji and he had a few words of banter with me.
It was a bit surreal, really.”
Lions’ Ashley Lawrence, Lions’ Ashley Lewis and Lions’ James Tedesco take part in the supermarket sweeps after winning the competition last week.
“There were a few people who had heard the conversation and they started laughing,” he continued.
“It was quite surreal.”
Some people thought it would be a bit of a distraction, but everyone was pretty relaxed and I think it was really funny.
“Marshall, who won the supermarket show with the Lions last week, said he and the other winners were “pretty relaxed”.”
Everyone is really happy and it’s a good feeling to have won the show and it was a really fun day,” he added.”
Obviously, it’s nice to win and to get the grand final, so you want to win it.
“You just want to keep the momentum going.”
The sweep is a big step up from the supermarket series.
It’s been a decade since the Lions were able to win the supermarket shows, and the Lions are yet to take home a grand final.
Lions star James Tedisco, who was part of the 2013 sweep, said it was good to be back.
“Last week was an incredible experience and I was pretty nervous, so it was great to be able to get back to work on a level playing field with the guys,” he admitted.
“Hopefully we can go into the show in a good way and have a good week, so that we can keep that momentum going into the season.”
A lot of guys are really excited about it and hopefully we can make some big strides in the coming weeks.