The highs, the lows and the downright shocking! Here are the best bits from the most gruelling season of SAS Australia yet.
Just when you thought the first season of SAS Australia couldn’t be beaten, the second installment delivered in spades.
From Jana Pittman‘s incredible displays of physical and mental strength, compassion, brains, honesty and vulnerability, to the celebrity recruits completing even the most terrifying and challenging of tasks with chief instructor Ant Middleton screaming in their faces, there are moments that touched us, shocked us and left us rendered speechless.
Seriously though, did anyone else see glimmers of themselves in Ant? Glimmers of you yelling at your own kids in frustration?
Here, are the very best moments from season two of SAS Australia.
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Our hero, Jana, losing control of her bladder
Despite her athletic ability and mental stamina, the duel Olympian-turned-doctor was caught off guard by a relatable ‘mum moment’ while completing a gruelling test taken from the SAS selection process.
Early in the season, the mother-of-four was completing an exhausting physical drill, just six months after giving birth, when she had a moment nearly every mother has experienced.
“I’ve had four kids. So having my body go from being an elite athlete to a mum meant that I need a goal to train,” she said.
“I think I’m tough but I had a baby six months ago, so I’m fighting that postpartum, after pregnancy, body.”
When fellow recruit Isabelle Cornish asked if she wants more water she replied, “I’ve wet myself, so I probably should stay away from water. Pelvic floor couldn’t hold it.”
She then whispers to herself, “Oh how embarrassing.”
When SAS chief instructor Ant told the group they could have a toilet break, she admitted it was too late.
“Did anyone piss themselves in the water today,” he asked.
“No,” Jana replied, “But I just pissed myself on that run, so that was embarrassing enough, unintentionally, but women at home need to know that after you have a baby you don’t have good pelvic floor.”
True to form, Ant’s response to Jana’s honesty was brutal. “Too much information, I do not want to know about your pelvis movements,” he said in front of the other recruits.
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Duel Olympian, Jana Pittman lost control of her bladder during a gruelling task. Source: Seven
Koby Abberton faced cheating allegations
It was the moment no one saw coming – a recruit actually cheated during a task, but was caught on hidden cameras.
To this day, Koby Abberton maintains he wasn’t cheating when he did 15 pushups instead of 30, despite confirming the number required seconds before committing the act.
But the cheeky indiscretion during the gruelling physical task was all captured on CCTV, which the instructors showed a defiant Koby in the interrogation room.
“I’m going to ask you a simple question,” Ant said. “Do you think we’re c***s? We’re certainly not c***s, so please don’t treat us like one.
“What I’ve got on this laptop is so blatant, that your integrity has come into question with us.”
After being shown the footage, Koby sheepishly replied: “I didn’t mean it. No way. I just wouldn’t have cheated that much. But the evidence is there and I’ll take full responsibility.
Koby resurfaced in the living quarters, telling his fellow recruits that they’d be tortured as a result of his indiscretion.
“That’s a lot. That’s not like a mental blank, that’s a complete f*** up. I’ve had enough of Koby,’ ironman Jett Kenny said to a group of recruits, after Koby continued to deny the evidence.
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Koby Abberton maintains he wasn’t cheating when he did 15 pushups instead of 30, despite video evidence to the contrary. Source: Seven
Jana shocking the instructors with her photographic memory…and stamina
Jana smashed smashed a terrifying task of plunging into a pool of ice, where the recruits were told to answer two questions correctly – and she was easily served the two most difficult questions of all.
Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox towered over her, but she remained calm.
Referring to the aircraft used in a previous challenge, Foxy asked: “What was the tail number on the helicopter?”
“VH ELC 284,” she said, without hesitation.
“How the f*** did you remember that?” the SAS instructor responded, shocked.
“I’ve been looking at it,” the superwoman replied, still remarkably focussed despite being submerged in ice for minutes.
During the same episode, Jana gave viewers some insight into how and why she’s so strong mentally and physically.
The 38-year-old duel Olympian opened up about the toughest year of her life, and how, as a single mum, she turned heartache into resilience.
“Twenty-twelve was probably the hardest year of my life – because I’d lost the Olympics again for the third time, I’d just gone through a horrible divorce – everything in my life felt like it was falling apart around me,” she explained to viewers in a piece to camera, as she confidently charged into another life-or-death style challenge, and won.
“But I thought, I’ve got to make a change, because if you don’t, you will explode.
“So I did. I just processed it. So that allowed me to go on and change my entire life.”
“I’m hoping the resilient mindset that I’ve built – and it was definitely built, I grew it through all the experiences of life – I’m hoping that’s where I’m going to have some strength.
“As a doctor now, I’m regularly helping rescue someone in a hospital setting. I get that incredible opportunity almost every day. I’m very good when everything else is flying around me, being able to be very focused on what the job at hand is.”
On completion of that task, instructor Billy admitted: “Overall that was f***ing impressive, if I’m honest.”
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Jana Pittman’s incredible stamina, composure and photographic memory revealed. Source: Seven
When Dan Ewing copped a bollocking from the SAS instructors
Former Home and Away actor, Dan Ewing copped the biggest spray of the series from the SAS instructors after he failed to admit his wrongdoing in a task that saw the recruits aim to protect an important civilian during an ambush situation.
Dan stopped his vehicle and then proceeded to reverse it backwards rather than charging through the final roadblock in a life-or-death challenge. The other recruits did what was required, and Dan couldn’t accept his failure.
After the instructors overheard Dan telling his fellow recruits a bizarre and different version of events, he was dragged into the interrogation room for the biggest screaming session yet.
DS Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox roared at him, “You tried to bulls—t your way out of it because you were embarrassed that you were the only one to reverse out,.
Dan insisted it wasn’t the case, but Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham screamed back,”You’re really f***ing annoying me now,” leaving the recruits shocked back in their living quarters. “
“We all make mistakes, but we admit it. The key is integrity. You had your f***ing chance and I told you that you got it wrong.
“Just take it on the chin and stop trying to find the easy way out. You’ve p***ed me right off.”
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Former Home and Away actor, Dan Ewing copped the biggest spray of the series from the SAS instructors after he failed to admit his wrongdoing in a task. Source: Seven
Sam’s offensive marriage confession
A father to daughter Poppy, four, and son Billy, two, Sam Burgess split with his wife Phoebe in 2019.
In a surveillanced chat, Jana asks how he met the mother of his children. “At a concert, and I never go to concerts. We were just not meant for each other,” he said, rather abruptly.
He then admitted that he only married her because he wanted to be a father, insinuating that he used her.
“I was trying to force things – I wanted a family, I wanted kids, I wanted the dream, the house…I got it, had it all.
“There were a few things I knew weren’t quite right, but I thought I could change that and help that, mend that…I couldn’t do it.”
He then said he called his mother to ask if his marriage was “right.”
“She was like, ‘Sam, you’re just never going to make her happy. I don’t know how you’ve done two years,’” he recalled – a comment that is rather incredible considering his infidelities and drug use, and alleged domestic violence.
“I said, ‘I’ve got my kids, what am I supposed to do?’ – I didn’t know what to do.”
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A father to daughter Poppy, four, and son Billy, two, Sam Burgess split with his wife Phoebe in 2019. Source: Seven.
Dan’s run-in with ex-wife’s ex and how his son called him ‘Dad’
Dan got teary talking about his divorce from Marnie Little and the “unimaginable pain” he felt being separated from his son.
In 2018 he made headlines after police took out an apprehended violence order (AVO) against him because of an altercation that took place during a custody drop-off with his son, now six.
The 36-year-old got into an incident with Little’s new partner, David Robertshaw, who she was days away from marrying.
Dan revealed on SAS that the reason he “berated” Robertshaw, was because he had learned his son – who was three at the time – had started calling his new stepfather, “Dad.”
During the SAS Australia interview the Directing Staff are concerned about the actor “having his head in the clouds.”
Dan explained how his new partner, dancer Kat Risteska, introduced him to self-development books and he has since become very spiritual.
“I believe we are all energy… I am obsessed with being the best man, the best Dan, the best version of myself I can be,” he said.
Ex-Special Forces soldier Ant asked him if he has always been calm. This prompted Ewing to talk about his divorce.
“Rock bottom for Dan Ewing was not seeing his son,” Dan said.
“The marriage breaking down was one thing, not seeing my little boy that caused me unimaginable pain. I hate it.
“My boy is six now, when he was three, it become apparent to me that he was calling his stepfather dad. And I was daddy,” he said through tears.
“That for me is a pain that I would not wish on any father, any mother.
“I want to really clear here, his stepfather is a very good man, his mother is a terrific woman. I’m not disputing that. To hear that, that was pretty bad.
“I wasn’t his dad. I was daddy. That hurts to have that title taken away.”
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In 2018, Dan made headlines after police took out an apprehended violence order (AVO) against him because of an altercation that took place during a custody drop-off with his son, now six. Source: Seven
Manu Feildel’s tearful call to family after admitting defeat
The 47-year-old father-of-two quit SAS Australia after being given instructions to flee a car submerged in water.
“You haven’t even tried it,” Ant told him.
“I know,” Manu replied, adamant.
“How do you know? Can you hold your breath?” Ant asked, to which Manu replied: “I’m giving you my number.”
“I came on this course to prove something to myself, but I just realised I don’t need to prove anything. I’ve got a f***ing good life, and I want it back,” he said.
Later a teary Manu called his family and told them he was coming home.
“I’m done,” he told his wife.
When she asked what happened, he replied through tears, “I don’t want to be here anymore. I want to come home.”
It shows his young daughter on Facetime wiping away tears.
“I miss you more than this,” he admitted.
Later he said in his piece to camera, “I don’t like the word regret as such, but yeah in a sense I wish I could have got my head in the game mentally. But do I need to prove anything to move forward in my life? The answer is no.”
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Manu Feildel quit SAS Australia after being given instructions to flee a car submerged in water. Source: Seven
When Kerri was brutally yelled at by instructors
Kerri Pottharst, a former professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist held her own through gruelling challenges alongside young athletes half her age, and men twice her size.
But a humiliating exercise and an inappropriate interrogation left many viewers fuming about the way the 55-year-old has been treated on the show, including being called “grandma” in previous episodes.
The DS bring her in for an interrogation to discuss her failings. On arrival Ant told her, “You look like you’ve aged 10 years in two days.”
He asks her how old she is. When she replied, 55, he says, “can I be honest with you, it shows.”
Pete Murray, who left the show on Monday because of an injury, is 51 and his age was never commented on by the DS during the series.
“I believe age is no barrier,” she told them. “Life is not over when you turn 50. It’s about challenging yourself. And this is the ultimate challenge… I love pushing myself.”
Pottharst who has a 14-year-old son, was asked if her son thinks she’s nuts. When she says “no”, Ant told her, “I think you’re nuts.”
She replied: “There’s too many women who think life is over when you hit 40, 50, whatever and it’s all downhill, I completely disagree, I think you can get better and you can keep challenging yourself.”
The DS pushed her more, before Middleton asks, “do you have a man in your life?”
When she said “no”, Ant said she must be lonely, and she got teary.
“I can see that little bit of loner in you. I just feel there’s a little bit of loneliness there.”
The DS told her she was “slowly deteriorating” but is “psychologically strong.”
In a heartbreaking scene Kerrie admitted she felt “most fragile” on her own and experiences feelings of “not being good enough.”
“I know I’m going to feel that on selection at night, the lights go out the body’s aching and I have to get up the next day and do it again, that’s probably where I’ll shed a tear,” she said.
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Kerri Pottharst, a former professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist held her own through gruelling challenges alongside young athletes half her age, and men twice her size. Source: Seven
The death letters
The final five recruits are actor Dan Ewing, rugby league player Sam Burgess and three Olympians – tennis player Mark Philippoussis, track star John Steffensen and hurdler Jana Pittman.
In one of the final challenges, it is their emotions that are put to the test with a heartbreaking task requiring them to write a letter to their families as if they had passed away.
The celebrity recruits wrote the simulated death letter as if it were to be opened by loved ones in the event they didn’t make it home.
It was a grim reality check to test their emotional strength.
Mark went first, pausing to catch his breath from crying.
“Tell my little princess, how much I love her, every time I look at her my eyes light up with her smile she’s the perfect little princess… I can’t explain the love I have for our little family,” he said.
Dan also appeared to tear up talking about his son.
“Being a dad is the single most proudest achievement of my life, seeing the world through your eyes, ignited a love, a positivity that was all but gone after the time your mother and I split,” he said.
Jana – who only had her fourth child six months before filming – reveals her children’s faces have been helping her through the brutal course.
“Your faces are what I turn to when I feel lonely, sad or vulnerable, you give me purpose and hope in life,” she reads from her letter.
“Kids continue to grow and cherish each other, stay true to the little family we are, be there to listen, be patient with each other and support each other as you grow up.
“Charlie it’s your little head I pretend to kiss to bed at night just as I fall asleep,” she says of her baby son.
Sam was next, and he said his three brothers were “in the centre of my heart”, before getting to his children.
“Poppy and Billy… I’ll live on through you both in every which way… in moments of sadness, you can find me anywhere if you look hard enough, you’re my last thought and my last breath but most importantly, I’ll be in your hearts forever,” he said.
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