SAS: Who Dares Wins viewers were left horrified after a brutal game of ‘Murder Ball’ designed to ‘test aggression’ saw one of the female cadets knocked out after being hurled to the ground by a man.
During the Channel 4 show last night, 12 ordinary men and women were encouraged to take part in a game of ‘Murder Ball’ which saw them fighting out in teams of four to battle to get a tyre into a goal in the Jordanian desert.
However recruit 17, Parnhia, 31, was hurled to the ground by one of the men Jamie, who played rugby for years, where she lost consciousness.
Many of those watching the show were left shocked by the scene, which saw the artist being medically evacuated from the programme.
SAS: Who Dares Wins viewers were left horrified after a brutal game of ‘Murder Ball’ designed to ‘test aggression’ saw Parnhia, 31, knocked out after being hurled to the ground by a fellow recruit
The artist was hurled to the ground by Jamie, who played rugby for years, where she lost consciousness
The episode saw 20 recruits taking part in the extreme training programme under the watchful eye of new instructors, former United States Recon Marine Rudy Reyes, 49, and former US Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke.
With a sweltering Jordan backdrop, the series was based at a secret SAS military base, with British sidekicks Jason Fox and Mark Billingham returning.
In the third phase of the course, Rudy said: ‘The most powerful asset an SF soldier possesses is his mind.
‘The mind is what frames the individual warriors complete reality. We’re stepping into a new phase and we’re going to have some very serious exposes of character and mindset.’
Many of those watching the programme were left shocked by the scene, which saw the artist being medically evacuated from the programme
He said: ‘When you are in an enemy land, you must compartmentalize your pain and fear to accomplish the mission. If you do not have that ability, you will not survive.’
Number 17 said the course was going ‘good’ so far, saying: ‘You wouldn’t clock it straight away but I sometimes get imposter syndrome.
‘I will try my hardest to keep face, and look confident. You’ve got to fake it till you make it.
‘I’ve lived by this. Turn up as you hope to be and hide the fear.’
After six recruits dropped out of the course, just 12 remained. The next exercise saw them transported back to the dunes.
During the game of murder ball, Parnhia was fighting to gain possession of the tyre from two other women – before Jamie pulled her to the ground
After the tackle, Parnhia attempted to stand but immediately fell to the ground where she lost consciousness
After being tested on their mental endurance, their aggression was put to the test.
Remi explained: ‘This is called “Murder Ball”, you have to give 100 per cent. There are no time outs, you can never show weakness.’
The recruits were split into two teams, where they fought for the possession of the tyre. To win, they had to get it across the opponent’s team line.
One of the instructors explained: ‘Murder ball is all about getting the recruits to start thinking about how to employ aggression.
Later, Jamie confessed he felt ‘sh**’ about the tackle, while other recruits tried to comfort him that the injury ‘wasn’t his fault’
‘And overcome an enemy in a situation that they’ve not been able to plan for.
‘To win any battle, whether it’s long distance or close quarter, you need aggression. You have to be able to go head first into some sh**.’
Parnhia said: ‘When I was younger, I was angry at life with parents who shouldn’t have been together.
‘But now, I’m not angry anymore. You can’t choose the cards you’ve been dealt, with you can choose how you play them.’
Parnhia was instructed to take part in a game alongside three other women, stealing the tyre and racing up the sand dune.
Later, Chief Medical Officer Saliah assessed if Parnhia was well enough to stay on the course, but decided because she had lost consciousness, it was best to discharge her
However the instructors then told one of the men, Jamie, to join the game next and he tackled her hard, slamming her into the ground.
After Parnhia tried to stand up, she immediately collapsed, saying: ‘My head.’
The medical team came in and said they wanted to put her onto some oxygen for a minute.
Meanwhile Jamie said he ‘felt sh**’ about the tackle, while the other recruits tried to comfort him that her injury ‘wasn’t his fault.’
Later, Chief Medical Officer Saliah assessed if Parnhia was well enough to stay on the course.
The recruit was left devastated and begged the instructors to allow her to stay and complete the programme
She said: ‘People witnessed you having a lack of consciousness, so with that in mind, I’m going to have to medically withdraw you.’
But Parnhia was devastated, saying: ‘No, no, no. Please let me have a say on this.’
She was left in floods of tears by the decision, with Rudi saying she had made a ‘fantastic’ effort.
But many of those watching were left stunned by the scenes, with one writing: ‘Some rugby tackle on Number 17 that, can’t believe she wanted to carry on after the doctor said no.’
Another added: ‘It’s not even worth watching now. Number 17 was my winner from the off.’
‘The other females had females going up against them. With 17, they chose big man Jamie who goes hurling down and completely winded her.
‘None of the other females would have handled that. Totally unfair.’