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RECAP | MERRICK WATTS struggles as the pressure rises on SAS AUSTRALIA

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In Monday nights episode, the SAS Australia star recruits found themselves in a test of Pressure.

Challenges included:

  • Make snap life or death decisions while armed with an assault rifle in a hostage rescue simulation
  • Undergo an extremely dangerous underwater survival technique known as drownproofing
  • Endure another punishing late night beasting

Only two out of the 10 recruits successfully completed the armed hostage rescue task.

The DS were particularly concerned about Erin McNaught’s lack of focus and brought her in for questioning where she admitted she’s becoming more fearful on the course.

In horrendous weather conditions, recruits had to repeatedly immerse themselves in a tank of ice cold water while trying to maintain a calm composure, a task Jackson Warne found especially challenging.

Merrick Watts struggled with the night beasting and was feeling the strain of his own self-doubt. When brought in for questioning he revealed the desire to rebuild himself after suffering depression and anxiety at the end of his radio career;

“I got to a point where I lost some of my confidence and for a comedian and for a performer that’s a big part of what I do and my identity…

I started finding myself sleeping in more, staying in late, I was lethargic and tired and unmotivated and not committed to shit because I didn’t feel 100%…

If I do this, I believe that I’ll be better.”

10 recruits still remain: Candice Warner, Erin McNaught, Firass Dirani, Jackson Warne, James Magnussen, Merrick Watts, Molly Taylor, Nick Cummins, Sabrina Frederick, Shannan Ponton

Fed up with Firass’ actions, the recruits take matters into their own hands and stage an intervention.

Plus a punishing pack march proves too much for a course favourite and heartfelt messages from home will be the recruits’ toughest test yet. It’s high stakes, high drama and high emotion in another gripping SAS!!

SAS Australia continues TUESDAY 7.30PM on Seven – EP 8 “STRENGTH”

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