In episode three of the Special Forces course, recruits were ordered to line up in order of strongest physical ability to least, where Koby positioned himself at the head of the pack as number one, bypassing huge unit Sam Burgess and literal Ironman-slash-Viking Jett Kenny. Then, they were required to complete a series of painful drills in sets of 30, including push-ups, squats while holding logs, and the exercise sent from hell — burpees.
First impressions say Koby does really well, flying through the course like nobody’s business, but wait — in a test of the recruits’ integrity, the Directing Staff (DS) have set up hidden cameras along the course to see if anyone skipped any reps (AKA cheats) throughout the course, and surprise, surprise, the group’s alleged fittest man Koby skipped PLENTY.
Yep, somehow, he only did 15 push-ups out of 30, and when the DS asked recruits to reveal whether they cheated during the circuit, we expected old mate to put his hand up and admit he may have been a bit lenient with his reps. But did he? NO!
While celebrity recruits in the likes of Jessica Peris, Bonnie Anderson and Mark Philippoussis stepped forward in admission of shaving a few reps off here and there, Koby even suggested to Ant Middleton that he possibly did more than the required amount of exercises!
“There’s people who are worried they did 29 [push-ups] instead of 30 accidentally and then there’s this cheat looking them in the eye and lying blatantly,” one Twitter user said.
Another noted that it’s easy to miss one or two reps during a rigorous challenge like the fitness course, but “you would know you missed 15”.
You might miss one or 2 but you would know you missed 15!!!!! #SASAustralia— Suzie (@Suzieh_71) September 15, 2021
There’s people who are worried they did 29 instead of 30 accidentally and then there’s this cheat looking them in the eye and lying blatantly #SASAustralia— Peter Johnson (@P_Johnson9) September 15, 2021
I understand he didn’t think he cheated but to admit he cheated and apologise would be the right thing to do. Then to tell everyone he’s better than all of them, selfish and arrogant smh #sasaustralia— Kat (@kkatz02) September 15, 2021
Some even went as far as to brand him “worse than Firass [Dirani]” whose selfish and egotistical behavior during SAS Australia 2020 saw him dubbed the villain of his season.
Who knew Koby would be worse than Firass?#SASAustralia— Katie. (@kejr_) September 15, 2021
Giving Koby the benefit of the doubt, some viewers expressed concern for his ability to count, a lack of which could have contributed to his failure to do the correct amount of exercises during the challenge, after he told the DS he has four brothers during an interrogation when in actuality he only has three.
“Did anyone consider maybe he doesn’t actually know how to count?” a fan of the show queried online, while another suggested that maybe the former pro surfer was counting the ups AND downs of the push-ups, which is why he reached 30 “so quickly”.
I can only think that Koby was counting the up and the down of his push ups instead of just the downs and that’s how he got to 30 so quickly 🤷🏻♀️#sasaustralia— LilliMaydesigns 🪡👩🏻🌾🧘🏻♀️🏊🏼♀️🎬 (@LilliMaydesigns) September 15, 2021
Did anyone consider maybe he doesn’t actually know how to count? 😬😂 #SASAustralia— Karrine Beasley (@rinniez) September 15, 2021
Considering we’ve only been afforded three episodes of the celebrity Special Forces series so far, we can only anticipate that Koby is going to become the villain we all love to hate!
SAS Australia is currently airing on Channel 7 and 7Plus, Monday through Wednesday at 7:30pm.
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