Watching the All Blacks run up and down a rugby field might be commonplace, but the same can’t be said of watching them run the aisles of a supermarket, trollies and red balloons in tow.

At Countdown Manukau one Thursday morning, All Blacks Aaron Cruden, Steven Luatua and Patrick Tuipulotu helped three lucky duos dash around the supermarket each grabbing $3,000 worth of groceries.

The couples won the shopping sprees through a Coca-Cola promotion, allowing them to grab as many groceries as they could to the value of $3,000 in five minutes and with the added bonus of an All Black to help push their trolley.

The three pairs, two from Christchurch and one from Auckland, were all treated to an all expenses stay in the Auckland CBD. Well rested for the morning of grocery grab, each team approached the challenge with varying strategies and a few healthy nerves.

“Oh, I’m a bit nervous” says winner Debbie Drummond from Christchurch.

“I do the shopping so I’m the one that will know which products we’re looking for. My husband’s strategy is just to grab everything in sight! We’ll send our All Black running around the outside.”

Another Christchurch duo, Karen Argyle and Matt Cherry (a huge rugby fan), had strategic plans for their extra muscle too.

“We’re going to send an All Black to the meat aisle, and we’re just going to run and get whatever we can”

Allocated three trolleys each per team, the winners expressed a bit of worry filling all three trolleys to the value of $3,000, most saying they couldn’t comprehend what that value would even look like come time to check-out.

Mrs Argyle was philosophical about the experience saying “We didn’t have it before, so whatever we get is awesome”.

She added that the pair had few plans in place for their goodies too, “We’ve got lots of family, so whatever we get that we don’t need we’ll just be giving away to everyone. We’re hoping to take some stuff to a food bank as well.”

Luckily for the Christchurch based pairs, Coca-Cola had all non-perishable goods couriered down to their homes with a credit sent to them for the fresh goods they had grabbed.

All couples agreed it was a unique experience, Mrs Drummond describing the prize as “incredible”.