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Bears Beyond The Gate
Bears Beyond The Gate
A Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans. Each week your hosts Tony (TC), Pete, Lee and Miles will take a light-hearted look at developments from Ashton Gate and beyond.
1 day ago
Ep90 - Saints march in on Ashton Gate and a Rifles Cup preview
We pick the bones out of the 20-36 home defeat to Northampton Saints. Despite quick starts in both halves, our scrum disintegrated during the game starving the Bears of possession and territory at crucial times. We talk team selection and tactics and who stood out on a night it went wrong for Bristol. We also have our friend Ed from the Cherry Jam podcast to review the upcoming league game against Gloucester at Kingsholm. Will it be Gloucester or Bristol Bears with their hands on the Rifles Cup come Friday night. There's also our thoughts on the women's win to keep them top of the league and breaking new ground with BBC coverage. Plus a proud moment for a Bear BaaBaa at Twickenham. All this and more on this week's show, with Tony, Lee, Miles, Pete and Mr Tree!
1 hr 5 min
Nov 22, 2021
Ep89 - Bears fall to heavy cup defeat at Worcester and a Northampton preview
In this week's show we talk about the disappointing 68-13 defeat at Sixways in the Premiership Cup. We take a look at the performance and ask how important is this cup competition and should we restructure it for next season. We also chat to Graham McKechnie, Sports Editor at BBC Northampton, about the next league fixture at home to the Saints. Get Graham's take on Northampton's season so far and his thoughts on their prospects for the trip to Ashton Gate. All this and more on this week's show with Tony, Lee and Pete.
1 hr 17 min
Nov 15, 2021
Ep88 - Bears take cup win at Sandy Park and AJ MacGinty signs for Bristol
In this week's show we discuss the 33-27 win for Bristol against Exeter Chiefs in our opening game of this season's Premiership Rugby Cup. A blend of experience and youth helped overcome our Devon rivals at Sandy Park. We talk about the performance and some of the new names that pulled on a Bears' shirt for the first time. We also look ahead to the next cup tie away at Worcester. The big news this week was the announcement that USA international fly half, AJ MacGinty, will join Bristol form the 2022-23 season, adding depth to our options at 10. Hear our thoughts on AJ and if he will be a back-up to Sheedy or will take the starting spot. We also discuss the rumours around a couple of star props that have been linked with Bristol in the last week or so. All this and more with Tony, Lee, Miles and Pete.
Nov 8, 2021
Ep87 - Bears bag bonus-point win against Worcester and a preview of the Premiership Cup
In this week's show we celebrate back-to-back bonus-point wins after Bristol beat Worcester 27-5 at Ashton Gate. We give our thoughts on theme, tactics and player performances. Have we turned the tide this season or is it a false dawn? We also look ahead to the start of the Premiership Rugby Cup campaign with a trip down the M5 to Sandy Park. We discuss how Pat will approach the competition - a chance to keep building momentum with the first team or a chance to bring through some of the fringe and academy players. Where is Brizzley? Our furry friend has been missing from mascot duties for a while now. Is he safe? Did he pick up a knock in training? Or as he been quietly retired from the match-day experience. We want to know #whereisbrizzley All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 1, 2021
Ep86 - Bears bounce back to winning ways at Irish and our Worcester preview
After our rest week Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony are back to discuss the Bears 45-33 win away at London Irish. A gripping fixture saw Bristol score three unanswered tries in the first 20 minutes and then finish the half with three men in the sin bin. In a gutsy performance, Bristol managed to take control in the second half to run out as winners. We talk tactics, performances and take a closer look at some of those yellow card moments. We then turn our attention to the next game at home against Worcester. Giving us the inside track on the Warrior's season so far is Marcello Cossali-Francis, sports editor at the Worcestershire News. We discuss Pat Lam's selection options and give our score prediction for the game. All this and more on this week's show,
1 hr 17 min
Oct 18, 2021
Ep85 - Falcons swoop to leave Bears empty handed and a look ahead to the Irish game
In this week's show we give our thoughts on the Bears latest league defeat, a 13-5 reversal away at Newcastle Falcons. A much changed team saw plenty of fresh faces against the Falcons but some of the old problems raised their heads again. We also talk to the one and only Jerry Browne from the London Irish Supporters Association about the forthcoming trip to Brentford to play the Exiles in their new stadium. All this and more on this week's show.
Oct 11, 2021
Ep84 - Not again! Bears give up big lead in defeat to Quins and a Falcons preview.
In this week's show we try and put on a brave face as we discuss the 52-24 defeat away at Harlequins. It was just like last season's semi-final. Bristol scored with ease in the first period and were then blown away by Quins in the second half. We ask what went wrong and how much scope does Pat have to fix things in the short-term. At least the women's team shone a light this weekend with an impressive victory at Harlequins and sit top of the table with five wins from five. There's also Pete's Premiership Preview as we look forward to the next match with our friends from the Folk on Falcons podcast. We speculate on the selection choices to be made for the game at Newcastle. We also lament the passing of the programme with 7 out of 13 clubs halting production of paper publications this year. We ask listeners what they think - time to go fully digital or keep the printed programme going. All this and more on the show with Tony, Lee and Pete.
1 hr 8 min
Oct 4, 2021
Ep83 - Bears beat Bath in the 'Cider derby' and a preview of the Quins away game
Bath time for the Bears and we pulled the plug on our local rivals once again. With over 23,000 in Ashton Gate, Bristol got the season up and running with a 25-20 win against them from down the road. We talk about the faltering first half and the Bears comeback in the second period to claim our first league win. We look at the players, the performance and the tactics as well as the Steven 'splash' as Captain Lautua went over for our first try. We speak to our friends at The Harlequins Podcast about the next game away at the Stoop on Friday night. Hear our thoughts on team selection and our score predictions. On the show we also talk to young Toby Fletcher about his Bearathon challenge to raise money for St Peter's Hospice. Find out what Toby's season long challenge is and why he's pleased the Bears tightened up their defence after the Wasps game! More details on the challenge on Twitter @tberathon. All this and much more on this week's show with Lee, Miles Pete and Tony.
1 hr 13 min
Sep 27, 2021
Ep82 - Bears fall to big defeat at Wasps and a look ahead to the Bath game
In this week's show we try and pick the bones out of the 44-8 defeat away at Wasps in round two of this season's Gallagher Premiership. Another lacklustre performance where for the second week running we've failed to score a single point in the second half of the game. Have we become too predictable? Do we have a plan B to cope with a defensive squeeze on our running game? We discuss selections, tactics and indivudal performances. We look ahead to the next game at home to Bath on Friday night with our friend from BathBytes. Two west country teams both looking for a win to kick start our season. Has this now become a 'must win' match for Bristol Bears? There's also a special interview with Sam Burrows from Bristol Beer Factory - the new ale suppliers at Ashton Gate. Hear how the deal came about, the beers you can get inside the stadium and a top tip to avoid the half-time queues. All this and more on the show with Tony, Lee, Miles and Pete.
1 hr 16 min
Sep 20, 2021
Ep81 - Saracens take the spoils in opening game, Pat's new contract and the Wasps preview
This week we talk about the disappointing 9-26 defeat to Saracens in the opening game of the 2021/22 season. With just over 19,000 at the Gate, we were left feeling flat as the Bears failed to score a try for the first time in 58 games. We talk about the performances, tactics and new rules from Friday night and ask where did it go wrong. There's also our thoughts on Pat's new five-year deal and the presentation and Q&A session he held for supporters last week. We talk with Bears fan, Matt Price, about a mammoth cycle ride to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research. We look ahead to the Wasps away game with our friends at The Wasps Report and give our thoughts on Bristol Bears Women's start to the season after a sensational 115-0 win this weekend. All this and more, with Tony, Lee, Miles and Pete. You can find out more about the charity bike ride mentioned in the podcast at www.tourdeprem.com
1 hr 17 min
Sep 13, 2021
Ep80 - The season ahead with the BBC's Chris Jones, Sarries preview and our new shirts
To kick off season three of the podcast we have the BBC's rugby correspondent, Chris Jones, who talks about the Bears, who he fancies for the top four, rule changes, new tournaments and there's even a bit of Strictly Come Dancing! We look ahead to the season opener against Saracens at the Gate with our friends from the Fezcast podcast. Hear our views on the starting XV and score predictions for Friday night. There's also our thoughts on the new home, away and European kits for Bristol Bears. Find out if we'll be investing in some new stash this autumn. All this and more on the 80th episode of Bears Beyond The Gate
1 hr 25 min
Jun 28, 2021
Ep79 - End of season review: the games, the players and the magic moments
In the final episode of BBTG's season two we take a look back at the 2020/21 season and pick out the memorable games, those magic moments off the pitch and give our thoughts on the players of the season. From those early games when we had a big 'unavailable' list through to the record-breaking home and away wins against Bath and finally the heartbreak of the semi-final defeat. Take a trip down memory lane with us for what has been a sensational year for Bristol Bears as we finished top of the league but narrowly missed out on Premiership glory. All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony. Thank you to all our listeners from across the world. We will be back with season three of BBTG in September. Have a great summer and see you next season. Come on Bris!
1 hr 1 min
Jun 21, 2021
Ep78 - Semi final heartbreak as Bristol Bears squander big lead against Quins
In this week's show emotions are still a bit raw as we discuss the semi final defeat at home against Harlequins. How did we manage to let slip a 28 point lead on the brink of halftime and end up losing 36-43 after extra time. For the neutral (and Quins fans) possibly one of the greatest Premiership games of all time, but for Bears fans nothing but heartbreak being so close to our first Premiership final. We talk selection, tactics and game management as we review this epic game. There's also a pet hate that raised its head again on Saturday, featuring in our 'Gets My Goat' section. All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
Jun 14, 2021
Ep77 - Bristol Bears clinch top spot after Irish no-show and facing Quins in the playoffs
The regular season is over and we've finished top of the pile without playing a game this weekend. Our round 22 fixture against London Irish was cancelled and the four points received guaranteed a top finish for Pat and the boys. We discuss how the cancellation might affect preparations for next week, especially after witnessing the bruising encounter between Exeter and Sale at Sandy Park. Who will Pat pick and what type of threat do Quins offer. We discuss the semi-final matchup with our friends from the Harlequins Podcast. We also round up with our thoughts on the recently announced retained list and comment on Saracens 60-0 demolition of Ealing in the first leg of the Championship playoff final. All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
Jun 7, 2021
Ep76 - Bristol Bears grab late win at Leicester following off-field controversy
Despite recording only our third win at Welford Road in the league, the 26-23 victory will be remembered as much for what happened on the sideline as the events on the pitch. In the show we give our reactions to the performance and Pat Lam's intervention in stoppage time as John Afoa eventually returned to the pitch as a replacement tight head and won the game for Bristol. Was Pat right? Was Steve Borthwick wrong? We also get the inside track on London Irish with Jerry Browne, Chair of the London Irish Supporters Club. Jerry gives his thoughts on Irish's season, prospects for the upcoming game against Bristol and we hear all about the new stadium in Brentford. We also have Sinckler's Lions call up, Tom Kessell's departure and ask why is it taking so long to sell the 6,000 plus tickets for the final league game? All this and more on this week's show, the first to be recorded with the four of us together in one room since March 2020!
1 hr 16 min
May 30, 2021
Ep75 - Sale seal the double over Bristol with hard fought win
In this week's show we analyse Bristol's 22-12 defeat away at Sale Sharks. After a scoreless first half, Sale made the most of Semi Radradra's yellow card to score two crucial tries and close the gap to us in the table. Sale played well and defended ferociously to put us off our game, but did the lack of a plan B to deal with their rush defence ultimately cost us the game. We look forward to the next game away at Leicester Tigers in what has now become a crucial match if we are to finish top of the league. We get an insight into our opponents with BBC Radio Leicester rugby commentator, Chris Egerton. There's also crashing IT systems, a new signing and a contract extension to discuss.
1 hr 4 min
May 23, 2021
Ep74 - Looking ahead to Sale and plans for Europe next season
In this week's show we are joined by Lewis from the Shark Tank podcast as we look ahead to the game at the AJ Bell Stadium. Will Pat send his strongest team or will we see some rotation as we head into the final three games of the regular season. After the narrow loss at home to Sale this year and the trouncing a weaker Bears team took end the end of last season, do we have a score to settle? Also in this edition we discuss the news that the top eight teams in the Premiership qualify for next seasons Champions Cup. Good to have extra teams in the competition, or devaluing the prestige of the tournament.
May 18, 2021
Ep73 - Three thousand Bears back at the Gate for the Gloucester game
It was the moment we'd all been waiting for as Ashton Gate opened the turnstiles once more to fans after 435 days away. In what will go down as one of the most memorable games for many a year, Bristol Bears recorded a comfortable 39-7 win against Gloucester. The five-point win keeps Bristol top of the pile but, as well as the returning fans, this bizarre match will be remembered not so much for the five tries Bristol scored but the seven they didn't score! A combination of small handling errors and more TMO reviews than ever before kept the scoreline much lower than the scintillating rugby could have delivered. We give our first-hand experiences of being back in the stadium and out thoughts on the match, tactics and player performances. This Tuesday night special was recorded by Tony, Lee and Pete, as Miles is still 'missing in action'.
May 10, 2021
Ep72 - Bears sweep Bath away with rampant second half performance
In this week's show discuss Bristol's record league win against our old foes at the Rec. Despite gifting Bath a 15 point lead in the opening 30 minutes, the Bears came strong to record another bonus-point win to stay eight points clear at the top of the table. We discuss the tactics, performances and that Kyle Sinckler interview. We also look ahead to the visit of Gloucester on Monday 17 May as we welcome fans back into Ashton Gate. We talk to Ed Price form the Cherry Jam Podcast to get the lowdown on Gloucester and what we can expect from our rivals up the M5. All this and more on this week's show with Tony, Lee, Miles and Pete,
1 hr 7 min
May 3, 2021
Ep71 - Preview of the big game away at local rivals Bath
In this episode we talk about the prospects of a Bristol Bears win away at Bath. We get the inside track on our local rivals from our friends at Bath Bytes (Twitter account) and the Bath Rugby Plug (podcast) who give us their insight on how Bath have improved since the last time they played us - the 48-3 Bristol win back in January. We pick our likely starting XV and look at how important this fixture is as we enter the final five rounds of the league season. With confirmation that 3,000 fans will be allowed in Ashton Gate for the Bristol v Gloucester game we talk about the potential perils of a Monday night game for all of us fans desperate to enjoy live sport again... with a beer or two. All this and more on this week's show.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 26, 2021
Ep70 - Bristol Bears fall short against Exeter and fans back for Rifles Cup.
In this week's episode we review the 20-12 defeat at home against Exeter. Fair play to the Chiefs who got their tactics spot on to take a narrow win at Ashton Gate. We ask how much can we learn from this encounter and do the Bears have what it takes to beat Exeter in the playoffs. We talk team selection, tactics and player performances. We discuss the two-week break before the next game away at Bath. How will Pat Lam use the break to prepare the Bears for this local derby. And speculate on how many of the injured players might be back for the game at the wRECk. With news that the home game against Gloucester has been put back to Monday 17 May to potentially allow fans into the game at the Gate, we give our thoughts on what it will be like to see 'live' rugby again. All this and more on this week's show.
Apr 19, 2021
Ep69 - Bears bag five points at Newcastle and the big clash with Exeter
In this week's show we review the 34-17 win away at Newcastle Falcons. After a shaky first 20 minutes the Bears came roaring back scoring five tries and playing some of their best rugby for several weeks. It was another five-point haul to maintain our 12 point lead at the top of the table. We look forward to Friday's top-of-the-table clash with Exeter Chiefs with the help of Robert Kitson, chief rugby correspondent for The Guardian. He talks about the strengths of both teams as well as giving his thoughts on broader rugby issues such as ringfencing and the future of the league. There's also the speculation the round 19 fixtures may be postponed by a few days to allow clubs to get fans into stadiums. We ask what this would mean for Bristol if we can get bums on seats for the Rifles Cup clash against Gloucester. All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 12, 2021
Ep68 - Where do we need to strengthen for next season and a preview of the Newcastle game
In this week's show we take the opportunity of a game-free weekend to take a position-by-position review of the Bristol Bears squad and give our thoughts on where Pat needs to strengthen ahead of next season. We preview the next game away at Newcastle with some help from our friend at the Folk on Falcons podcast. How many changes will we see from the Bordeaux game and will Pat have even more players to choose from? There's also our thoughts on the 21/22 Season Card renewal prices and how much value for money the offer. We also see the return of the Gets My Goat feature, but what has got under Pete's skin this week? All this and more on this week's episode with Tony, Lee, Miles and Pete.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 5, 2021
Ep67 - Bears beaten in Bordeaux and out of Europe this season
In this week's show we discuss the disappointing 36-17 defeat at the hands of Bordeaux and our exit from this season's Champions Cup. We came up against a good Bordeaux team for sure, but we ask - did we do ourselves justice in France? We also debate the performance of the referee and TMO. Some questionable decision making but was this the main reason for our downfall? We take a look at the tactics and player performances from the game to figure out what went wrong for the Bears. With a free week now, we discuss the need to regroup and prepare for the next league game away at Newcastle in a fortnight's time. We also have a very special message from the club to share and discuss the rumour that Gloucester's Mark Atkinson could be a target for Pat Lam. All this and more on this week's show.
Mar 29, 2021
Ep66 - Bears snatch late win against Quins and a look ahead to the trip to Bordeaux
It was another dramatic late finish for the Bears to score two tries in the final five minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. A cracking game of rugby and we discuss the performances, tactics and other talking points from the 35-33 win at Ashton gate. A win that sees us extend our lead at the top of the table to 12 points. yes that's TWELVE points! We are also joined be Veronique from The French Rugby Connections Podcast for our preview of the Champions Cup game in Bordeaux. We get the French perspective as well as talking about Pat's options for this must-win game. All this and more on this week's show.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 22, 2021
Ep65 - It was the late, late show at Franklin's Gardens as Bristol Bears win again
In this week's show we reflect on Bristol's late comeback to beat Northampton Saints 21-28 at the Gardens to pick up another five-point win. It didn't look like it was going to be our day but with two tries in the last six minutes Bristol keep top spot in the league with a healthy seven-point lead over Exeter. We discuss the game, the tactics and the individual performances that stood out for us. Later in the show we talk to Will and Michael Wood from 'A Harlequins Podcast' for their views on next week's visitors to the Gate. Hear how Quins fortunes have changed this season and who to keep a look out for on Saturday. All this and more in this week's episode with the gentle buzz of a police helicopter in the background. Little did we know that as we were recording on Sunday night, Bristol city centre was the scene of some violent rioting.
1 hr 11 min
Mar 15, 2021
Ep64 - It's been a 15-year wait, but Bristol Bears finally beat Wasps in the league.
In this week's show we talk about the 37-20 bonus-point win over Wasps at Ashton Gate. We finally get the win over Wasps that means Pat Lam's Bears have now beaten every team in the Premiership since winning promotion three season ago. As usual we talk about the player performances, tactics and some of the funny things that caught our eye. To preview our visit to Franklin's Gardens we are joined by Tom Vickers from the Northampton Chronicle & Echo to find out how Northampton Saints are performing this term. Hear what he has to say and our thought on Pat's options for the game with a few more players coming back from injury. We also talk about our international boys performances for their respective countries; the draw for the next round of the Champions Cup; and about some new faces at Bristol. All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
1 hr 10 min
Mar 8, 2021
Ep63 - Naulago on fire as Bristol Bears bag five points at Worcester
In this week's show we discuss the narrow 24-23 win at Sixways against Worcester Warriors. It was a man-of-the-match performance from Siva Naulago who scored a sizzling hat trick to really cement his place in the starting XV. We review the team selections, tactics, player performances and talk about some of the gamesmanship we witnessed from Worcester players. All said we finish round 12 of the season with a healthy six-point lead at the top of the table. Lookins ahead to the next game against bogey team Wasps, we get the inside track on our opponents from Rob Sutton from the Wasps Report podcast. Find out what Rob has to say about their form to date and chances of a win on Friday night at the Gate. We also talk about the forthcoming European draw and Cornish Pirates sensational win over Saracens in the first round of the truncated Championship season. is there a chance that Sarries might miss out on promotion? All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
1 hr 10 min
Mar 1, 2021
Ep62 - Bears tame the Tigers at Ashton Gate to stay top
In this week's show we talk about the hard-fought 17-3 victory over Leicester at Ashton Gate. Once again a far from convincing performance from Bristol, but they found a way to win. We review the team selections, tactics and player performances. We also give a big thumbs up to Max Lahiff who took on the summariser's role for BT Sport. Eighty minutes of pure Lahiff wit and humour. We also look forward to our next league game away at Worcester Warriors. With the lengthy list of players unavailable, how many options does Pat have to freshen up the team? We get the inside track at our hosts at Sixways from Marcello Cossali-Francis, sports reporter for the Worcester News. Later in the show we talk about the Wales v England game and look at Bears duo Sinckler and Sheedy and compare their performances for their respective countries. We finish with a question from a listener - at the halfway point of the season, who would be our player of the year so far. All this and more on this week's po…
1 hr 6 min
Feb 21, 2021
Ep61 - Bristol held to dramatic draw at London Irish and Tigers preview
In this week's show we try to make sense of the crazy 34-34 draw away at London Irish. Bristol up by 31-13 at the break and seemingly in control with a try-scoring bonus point in the bag. But a terrible second half and some tactical substitutions that appeared to backfire meant the Bears were lucky to end up with a draw. We discuss the players that shone in the game and those that had an off day. But with a squad starting to wear thin with injuries and international call ups, was this three points gained away from home or a potential five-point haul that slipped through our fingers. Either way with Exeter's home defeat, we have extended our lead at the top of the table this weekend. We also look forward to next week's game at the Gate against Leicester Tigers and get the inside track on their form with Adam Whitty, sports journalist for BBC Radio Leicester. Adam gives a great insight into the Tigers and how they are rebuilding as a club. We also discuss Harry Randall's withdrawl fro…
1 hr 6 min
Feb 14, 2021
Ep60 - Bristol retain the Rifles Cup with narrow win at Kingsholm
In this week's show we review the 18-17 Bristol victory away at Gloucester. We got the win in the end but it was a mis-firing performance by the Bears at Kingsholm not helped by gifting two interception tries. Was it the weather? Was it the absence of certain key players, or was it just one of those days? We look ahead to the next game away at London Irish at their new home - the Brentford Community Stadium. We interview the chair of the London Irish Supporters Club to find out about their season so far, players to watch and his prediction for the game. We also give our thoughts on the news that relegation is scrapped this year; the performances of some of our international players in the Six Nations; and a new Bristol cafe that is a 'must' for any thirsty Bears' fans. All this and more on today's show that was recorded on Valentine's Day. Do you feel the love?
1 hr 11 min
Feb 7, 2021
Ep59 - Sale bring Bristol's winning run to an end and the Rifles Cup preview
In this week's show we reflect on the 20-13 defeat at home to Sale Sharks. The team from 'up north' brought their A game to Ashton Gate and stifled our attack. We ask what can we learn from this loss and its impact on our season. There's a preview of our next game away at local rivals Gloucester. Not just another Premiership game, we are also looking to retain the Rifles Cup that's awarded to the winners of the league matches between Bristol and Gloucester. With our friends from Kingsholm having a torrid season, will Bristol get back to winning ways? We also talk about the sad news that Bristol legend, John Pullin, passed away last week. Whilst playing for the club, John won 42 England caps and captained his country as well as taking part in two Lions tours. We give our thoughts on what the club should do to recognise his illustrious playing career. All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
1 hr 15 min
Jan 31, 2021
Ep58 - Bristol Bears demolish Bath 48-3 in record-breaking win
In this week's show we reflect on Bristol's biggest win against local rivals Bath in the 246th playing of this Westcountry derby. The boys discuss the many highs of this dominant performance and the players that stood out. There's plenty of talking points from this memorable game that Bristol fans will relish for years to come. We also look ahead to the forthcoming game against Sale Sharks at Ashton Gate. We talk to Lewis Hughes from the Shark Tank podcast to get the lowdown on our opponents, their style of play and which players to look out for on Friday night. All this and more on this weeks show with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
1 hr 14 min
Jan 24, 2021
Ep57 - Looking forward to the Bath game, a new signing and international call ups
In this week's edition we discuss the cancellation of the pool fixtures in the Champions Cup and ask what this may mean for the Bears future in the competition. We get the inside track from the Fezcast podcast on Tom Whiteley the Saracens scrum half who will join us for 2021/22 season. We also ask if Sarries fans are confident that Ben Earl and Max Malins will return at the end of their loan period. We talk about the squads for the Six Nations and congratulate Bristol's Sheedy, Earl, Malins and Randall for their respective call ups. Will Ioan Llloyd missing out on Wales mean he gets a run of games at 10 for Bristol. Also why was Sinckler's name missing from the England squad. After a two week break Premiership rugby returns on Friday as we host westcountry rivals Bath at the Gate. We look ahead to that game with our friends from the Bath Plug podcast - stand by for some cheeky banter from the Bath boys! All this and more on this week's bumper show.
1 hr 19 min
Jan 10, 2021
Ep56 - Bears claim Westcountry bragging rights with hard-fought win against Exeter
In this episode we discuss Bristol's dominant performance to beat Exeter Chiefs 20-7 at Sandy Park. The win against the reigning English and European Champions sees Bristol Bears go four points clear at the top of the Gallagher Premiership. We talk double yellow cards, dodgy groundings and a certain comment picked up on the TV. All this plus the player performances on a memorable day for Bristol fans. We also look ahead to next week's scheduled game against Connacht at Ashton Gate. We once again talk to the boys from the Craggy Podcast to get the Irish view of the first game and their expectations for the return leg in Bristol. However, as we record this episode there is a big question mark over the remaining games in European competitions as it looks likely that French teams won't play in the next two rounds due to COVID-19 concerns. If the games are called off, we give our thoughts on what should happen. All this and more on this show with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony
1 hr 8 min
Jan 3, 2021
Ep55 - Bears clip flying Falcons at Ashton Gate and go joint top of the league
In this week's show we reflect on the Bears' 29-17 win over Newcastle Falcons at Ashton Gate. With six front row players unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions it was a great result to win against the undefeated Falcons and bag a four-try bonus point. We also look ahead to the big westcountry derby next week against Exeter Falcons. With players returning from injury and mandated rest periods, Pat will have a growing list of talent to choose from for the trip to Sandy Park. We speak to a couple of Exeter fans about their thoughts on the game and the growing rivalry with Bristol. All this and more...
1 hr 12 min
Dec 27, 2020
Ep54 - Bears take maximum points from The Stoop and get ready for Falcons test.
In this week's show we review Bristol Bears 27-19 win away against Harlequins. Once again it needed a marked improvement in the second half to claim the five points and our first league win at The Stoop in nearly 20 years. We look forward to the home game against Newcastle on New Year’s Day with a little help from our friends at the Folk on Falcons podcast. How do Newcastle play, who to look out for and why they’ve made a good start to the season. We also talk about the 2,000 tickets we might have had for New Year’s Day and ask if the policy of refunds to season card holders and a then flat ticket price of £35 is fair. All this and more...
Dec 21, 2020
Ep53 - Bristol Bears take five points from Irish trip and prepare for Boxing Day clash
In this show we talk about Bristol's 27-18 win away at Connacht in the Champions Cup. After a dull, error-strewn first 40 minutes the Bears stepped up a gear to bag a bonus-point win against Pat Lam's former employers. We discuss what this win means for our European campaign on a weekend where several games were forfeited by teams unable to play due to COVID-19 infections. We also look ahead to the Boxing Day fixture at The Stoop and talk to Quins fans about their form, the players to watch out for and how they think the game will go. There's also news on the Championship restart, our new Argentinian signing and the 'now you see them, now you don't' European shirts in the club shop. All this and more with Lee, Miles, Pete and Tony.
1 hr 2 min
Dec 13, 2020
Ep52 - Champions Cup disappointment against Clermont and a trip to Ireland
In this week's show we take a look at the 38-51 home defeat against Clermont in the opening round of the Champions Cup. After a 12-year wait, Bristol Bears are once again playing in Europe's elite club competition. We talk about what went wrong at the Gate: were the Bears under par or were Clermont just too strong? In an interview with the people behind the Craggy Rugby Podcast we get an inside view on next week's cup opponents, Connacht. We get the lowdown on their form, the players to watch out for, Pat Lam's impact at the club and a little bit about the history of the podcast. We also talk about 'limited' edition hats, retail dissapointments and the club's new 'Bear All' podcast. All this and more...
Dec 6, 2020
Ep51 - Bristol Bears seal last-gasp win over the Saints and Champions Cup preview
In this show we reflect on Bristol's narrow 18-17 win against Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate. It wasn't pretty but we just managed to get over the line for our second win of the season. We look ahead to our Champions Cup game against Clermont Auvergne next week, our first fixture in this competition for 12 years. Giving us a French insight is special guest, Veronique Landew, the host of the French Rugby Connections podcast in the UK. She tells us what to expect from Clermont and the players to look out for. We also talk about the returning internationals and speculate who will play for Bristol next week. There's news of the A Teams defeat away at Ealing Trailfinders; a heavy loss for the women's team and a new Bears' bobble hat has appeared!
Nov 29, 2020
Ep50 - Exclusive Pat Lam interview and Worcester beaten at the Gate
In this special 50th edition we talk to Pat Lam, Bristol's inspirational Director of Rugby. Pat talks about building a winning culture, the impact of the Autumn Nations Cup call ups and when we will see our international players back wearing a Bristol shirt again. We also give our thoughts on Bristol's 30-13 win over Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate and we preview the next game at home to Northampton Saints. There's also our thoughts on Kyle Sinckler's recent comments about settling in at Bristol, the A Team's defeat to Ealing Trailfinders and the news that pre Christmas home matches will be refunded to season card holders. All this and more on this week's Bristol Bears podcast.
1 hr 7 min
Nov 22, 2020
Ep49 - Bears go down to Wasps in season opener and our thoughts for the year ahead
The boys are back with a new season of Bears Beyond The Gate. In this episode we review the narrow defeat to Wasps in the opening league game. A wasted opportunity with Wasps snatching victory in the dying minutes, or a sterling effort with 17 players unavailable through international duty and injuries? We take a look ahead to the next game at home to Worcester. Will Pat keep faith with the 23 that went to the Ricoh Arena or could we see some fresh faces? There's discussion over the Government's recently announced funding package for rugby, news that BT Sport will broadcast every game behind close doors until Christmas, and the changes to the points awarded for Covid-19 cancelled games. We finish with a look at the Bears players who have represented their countries in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Oct 25, 2020
Ep48 - The 2019/20 season review - the games, the players and the good times.
In the season finale we take a look back over the past 14 months at the games, the players and the stand out moments for Bristol Bears. Thanks to a delayed start due to the 2019 Rugby World Cup; the Saracens points deduction for salary cup breaches; and the COVID-19 pandemic this has been a season like no other. But with 24 wins from 36 competitive games and the European Challenge Cup in the Bears’ trophy cabinet it has been a season to remember for Bristol fans. As well as picking out key games, we take a look at the players that have left, the new arrivals and where we need to strengthen before the season starts again. We hope you enjoy our look back at this memorable season.
1 hr 20 min
Oct 18, 2020
Ep47 - Bristol Bears beat Toulon to lift the European Challenge Cup
Welcome to this week's podcast in this historic week for the Bears following our 32-19 victory over French giants Toulon. We review the game, the performances and what this European Challenge Cup win means to Bears fans around the world. As well as the game we talk about some of the pre-match news including the new black and pink kit for the big game and Steven Luatua's last-minute withdrawal from the starting 15. We also take a look at some of the comments on social media that made us smile and reminisce on being together for the first time since March to enjoy the big game. There's also Callum and Ioan's call ups for Wales and our view on the possibility of us replacing Wasps in the Premiership Final. All this and more in this episode.
Oct 11, 2020
Ep46 - Bristol Bears fall to defeat at Wasps, Challenge Cup Final preview and 20/21 kit launch
In this week's show we take a look at the 47-24 playoff semi-final defeat away at Wasps. After the longest league season ever, was this a game too far for the brave Bears. Hear our thoughts on the match, player performances and one or two debatable referring decisions! We also look ahead to the European Challenge Cup Final against Toulon on Friday. How will the defeat at Wasps affect the team, who will Pat pick and what we need to do to beat the French team? There's also our take on the new home and way kits that were released last week. maybe not shirts for the traditionalists, but find out what the boys think and the results of a listeners poll. All this and more on this week's show.
Oct 4, 2020
Ep45 - Bristol Bears seal playoff spot away at Irish and the 'Salegate' debacle
In this show the boys comment on a remarkable week for Bristol Bears with a 40-3 home win on Wednesday against Leicester followed by a 36-7 win away at London Irish. Two victories, ten points and a top-four place guaranteed. But with Sale's game with Worcester controversially postponed to next Wednesday after 19 players and officials test positive for COVID-19 we speculate on who are semi-final opponents will be. To say we are annoyed with how 'Salegate' has been handled would be the understatement of the year. Hear our thoughts on the issue and what should happen next. We also give our initial reactions to the new 'travel wear' range launched last Thursday. Great gear or another missed opportunity? All this and more in this week's show.
Sep 27, 2020
Ep44 - Bristol Bears secure first European final with extra-time win
In this week's show we talk about the dramatic European Challenge Cup semi-final against Bordeaux. Once again it was a slow start at Ashton Gate before Bristol came back from 0-13 down to lead 20-13 deep into the second half. But a late Bordeaux try took the game into extra time at 20-20. The Bears powered through the extra 20 minutes to win 37-20 and seal a first ever European final. What a nail biter! What a win! What a night! With two games in five days we review the upcoming games against Leicester and London Irish that will confirm our final league position and playoff ambitions. Hear our thoughts on these must-win games and if we think Bristol can make the top four. With COVID-19 restrictions stopping crowds coming back for trial games, we ask what does the future hold for professional rugby in England. Can Premiership teams survive with up to six months with out paying crowds? All this and more...
Sep 20, 2020
Ep43 - Bristol Bears turn Dragon slayers in quarter-final clash
This week we reflect on Bristol Bears convincing 56-17 win against Dragons in the European Challenge Cup at Ashton Gate. Bristol were slow to start but when they got going the rugby was spellbinding at times. Listen to who we think stood out and what this win means for the club. We also look forward to the upcoming semi-final against Bordeaux Begles and wonder if Pat will keep faith with the 23-man squad that overcame the Dragons. We also discuss a possible Welsh call up for Callum Sheedy, the news that a thousand fans will be let in for the upcoming Leicester game and we answering your questions from social media. All this and more in this week's podcast.
Sep 14, 2020
Ep42 - Bears beat the Saints at home but get stung away at Wasps
In this show we review the 47-10 mid-week home win against Northampton Saints. Some outstanding individual performances and possibly the best try ever scored at Ashton Gate by Bristol. We then move on to the away game against Wasps where a much changed Bristol team went down 59-35 having coughed up 26 points in an error-strewn first quarter. But five tries, a bonus point and an outstanding performance at fly half by Max Malins did provide a little comfort and something positive to take away from the Ricoh. We preview Friday night's big European Challenge Cup quarter final against Dragons at Ashton Gate. We also ask the question what's more important this season, a top four league finish or a European cup final? We give our thoughts and reveal a listeners' poll. We finish off this packed show with a 'Gets my Goat' from Pete.
Sep 7, 2020
Ep41 - Bristol Bears beat Worcester, with Saints and Wasps to come
In this week’s show we talk about breaking the Curse of Sixways with Bristol’s 36-13 win at Worcester. We preview the midweek game agsinst Northampton and wonder if it will be a second string XV that make the trip to Wasps five days after that. There’s also chat about the European cups format for next season, the new England kit and why does Callum Sheedy keep hitting the woodwork!
Aug 31, 2020
Ep40 - Winning run comes to an end, season card fiasco and jazzy training tops
In this week's show we discuss the Bears' seven-game winning streak hitting the buffers with a home defeat against Exeter Chiefs followed by a big loss away at Sale. Did Pat get his squad selections right for the two games in five days? We preview the away game at Worcester and debate how the squad will be used with three league games and a cup quarter final squeezed into less than three weeks. Our 'Gets My Goat' section is back where we talk about the frustrations felt by hundreds of supporters over the online season card renewal process. An un-user friendly platform and poor communication left supporters puzzled and somewhat annoyed when season tickets went on sale. We also give our thoughts on the three new arrivals to bolster the squad in the short term and what we make of the clubs new range of training gear from Umbro. Is it a hit or a miss? All this and more on Bears Beyond The Gate.
Aug 24, 2020
Ep39 - Bristol Bears do double over Gloucester and season card renewals
In this week's show we review the memorable 24-33 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm. This is Bristol Bears first win their since 2006 and we once again retain the Rifles Cup. New signing Semi Radradra caught the eye with a stunning first half performance but who else did we think had a good game. We discuss Pat's team selection for the first midweek fixture against Exeter Chiefs on Tuesday and consider what this may mean for the squad to travel to Sale on Saturday. The boys give their score predictions for both games - will you agree with our thoughts? Finally we discuss the new season card prices, the reduction in the payments scheme from 10 months to 5 and the club's failure to provide accurate credit figures to this year's season ticket holders. We finish off by answering your comments and questions from social media.
1 hr 10 min
Aug 17, 2020
Ep38 - Bears beat Saracens at the Gate as rugby finally resumes
After five long months, Tony, Lee, Miles and Pete have an actual game of rugby to discuss! And what a game. It wasn't pretty but Bristol Bears pull off a memorable 16-12 victory over reigning champions Saracens. We look at performances, tactics, what worked and what didn't. We then look ahead to Friday night's trip up the M5 to take on Gloucester at Kingsholm. We give our thoughts and also catch up with Cherry Jam - the new Gloucester rugby podcast to get an inside line on what to expect. This episode rounds off with a discussion about the 33 new contracts handed out to the squad and then we answer some of the points raised by our Twitter followers. We're still buzzing from that win, we hope you are too.
1 hr 11 min
Aug 10, 2020
Ep37 - Season reboot, Saracens predictions and the refund announcement
In this week's show we (at long last) have a proper game of rugby to preview! We give our thoughts on the squad to take on Saracens at Ashton Gate on Saturday and reveal our score predictions. There's the arrival of scrum half Tom Kessell who joins for the rest of the season to cover for the injured Chris Cook We also discuss the timing and content of last week's announcement regarding refunds for season card and match ticket holders. There's our thoughts on BT Sport covering all the remaining games and the official launch of the Bears High-Performance Centre. Finally, for the second show running Pete mentions his swimwear in what is becoming a worrying trend. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Jul 22, 2020
Ep36 - Restart predictions, refund silence and the winter internationals
In this week's show Tony, Lee and Pete discuss the first four games of the rescheduled season and give their predictions for the games against Saracens, Gloucester, Exeter and Sale. With no crowds expected in sporting grounds until October at the earliest the boys debate the need for some clarity from the club on refunds for season card holders and people who have bought match tickets. Pete is all at sea for this one talking about his Speedos fetish and a winking prawn. Keep listening and all will be revealed! We finish with a round up of other news including a revamped Championship and the winter international break. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Jul 9, 2020
Ep35 - Coaches arrive, hooker returns and the new training ground
In this week's show we talk about the new coaching setup with the arrival of new scrum and defence coaches. There's also the resigning of Irish hooker, Bryan Byrne and Luke Hamilton finds a new club across the Channel. Monday 6 July saw the return to level 2 training and the magnificent new Failand training facility open and ready for business. We discuss how good it was to see the big-name recruits in Bristol kit at last, and wonder how much of an impact they may have in the second part of the season. With plans for resuming the season starting to form, we ask what price on a cup and league double for Bristol. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears Rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Jun 25, 2020
Ep34 - Does the salary cap fit and when will we see something from Umbro?
The boys are back and discuss the salary cap arrangements for the next few seasons. A climbdown by Bristol or a clever compromise that will protect the Bears squad? When the season starts will we see all games played or a compromise fixture list like the PRO 14? With Bristol city's new Hummel training kit all over social media we ask when will we see something from Umbro for Bristol Bears. There's something magical happening at Welford Road but will it spread across the Premiership!
Jun 7, 2020
Ep33 - Who's in and who's out, the season restart and a win over Bath
In this week's episode the boys talk about the retained list for next year with 19 senior players departing. Do we have the depth of squad to compete next season? We also talk about the target to resume the Premiership on 15 August and what the knock on effect will be for the 2020/21 season. There's also news of a victory over Bath, an upcoming Bears quiz and Nathan Hughes' new fashion range. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
May 25, 2020
Ep32 - The 'Tank on the Flank', Academy ins and outs, and the future of marquee players.
In this episode we talk about the arrival Siva Naulago who joins from rugby league club Hull FC. Is he a bit of a gamble or shrewd move from Pat Lam? We also talk about three academy players stepping up to senior contracts and the new intake of players to the Integrated Academy and the new Academy Scholars programme. We also discuss Steve Lansdown's letter in support of the salary cap and marquee players, and calls for ringfencing to be implemented as soon as possible. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast, made by fans for fans. For more news, views and gossip follow us on Twitter.
May 17, 2020
Ep31 - New scrum half, kit supplier confirmed and next year's Champions Cup
In this episode the boys talk about the arrival of Chris Cook from Bath and wonder where he will fit in the scrum-half pecking order and discuss the departure of Joe Batley to Worcester Warriors. There's also news of Aly Muldowney's next move in the world of rugby. With the Umbro announcement made last week we ponder on the term 'Technical Kit Partner' and wonder why this phrase was used. We also talk about our hopes for the new partnership with Umbro, including a ladies range and of course the all important bobble hat. We then round up other rugby news including the Champions Cup format for next year, Lord Myner's salary-cap report, a departure at Kingsholm and a long overdue rule change. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
May 10, 2020
Ep30 - Malton & Chamberlain set to leave, Irish also departs and will the season start again?
The boys discuss Shaun Malton's departure at the end of the season and wonder if three hookers is enough for 2020/21. We also talk about the fly-half situation with Nathan Chamberlain on his way north of the border next season. There's also the news that Mark Irish (scrum coach) follows Jonathan Thomas on taking a new coaching role with Worcester Warriors next season. We ask will we see new faces at the Gate or will Pat promote from within to the coaching team? As this episode was recorded just after the British Prime Minster announced the first stage of loosening the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK, we ask what does this mean for the Bears and rugby in England? Will the season restart in July or is it destined to never be completed? Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Apr 13, 2020
Ep29 - Stirzaker and Thiede depart, Hurrell retires and rule changes
In the episode the boys talk about the departures of two of the current squad at the end of the season - scrum half Nic Stirzaker and tight-head prop Lewis Thiede. Will they be replaced or in the current climate will we make do with what we've got? With Will Hurrell's retirement from rugby confirmed, we reminisce on the four season that Will has served for the Bears and wish him all the best for the future. Also in the pod we talk about the recent Premiership statement that the league has now been postponed indefinitely but with the aim to still complete all of this season's games. We give our views on the chances of seeing a full season played and the issues around contracts finishing on 30 June. We also take a look at some proposed rule changes and what they may mean for Bristol Bears style of play. Are they needed changes to enhance the spectator experience or unnecessary tinkering with the game? Finally, we wrap up with the little things we all miss about the gameday experience…
Mar 22, 2020
Ep28 - Armstrong signs, a new scrum half could be on the way and what next for the season
In this week's show we discuss Jake Armstrong's contract extension and the strength in depth we have at tight head. We touch on the rumour that Bath scrum half Chris Cook has been linked with Bristol Bears and the news that players and staff are taking a 25 per cent pay cut. We also pick out the opposition players that have impressed us in games against Bristol this season. Do you agree with our selections from Bath, London Irish, Worcester Warriors and Harlequins? This edition was recorded by phone due to the current social isolation guidance as a result of Coronavirus. Apologies for the quality of one of the lines this week. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Mar 17, 2020
Ep27 - Coronavirus stalls Bristol Bears winning run and Mad's return to Ireland
In this week’s show the boys discuss the suspension of the season due to Coronavirus. What does it mean for Bristol, the wider game and the future of the professional game? There’s also Ian Madigan’s departure to Ulster at the end of the season and Nathan Chamberlin’s sensational performance for Scotland against Wales in the recent U20s fixture. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Mar 8, 2020
Ep26 – It’s five on the trot as Bristol Bears beat Quins at the Gate
This week the boys are joined by former Bristol scrum half, Mark Newall, to talk about the Bear’s 28-15 win to establish a club record five-game winning streak in the Premiership. We review the game, the performances and the talking points. There are also our thoughts on the loan deals for Saracen’s duo Ben Earl and Max Malins; Joe Marler’s antics in England’s win against Wales; and a round up of your comments on social media. In the second half of the show we talk to Mark about his playing days at The Mem’ in the 90s as the game transformed from amateur status to a professional set up. Mark gives us some great insight into the club and some of the famous faces he played with and against.
Mar 1, 2020
Ep25 - Bristol Bears do the double over arch rivals Bath
The boys talk about doing the double over arch rivals Bath. Bristol win 13-19 at the Rec for our first league victory since 2006. Are we happy? Not half! We also look ahead to the Harlequins game and round up rugby news from BS3 and beyond. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Feb 23, 2020
Ep24 - Bristol Bears battle past bogey side Worcester at the Gate
The boys discuss the hard-fought 13-10 win against Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate that sees Bristol climb up to third in the league. We look ahead to next week's game against arch-rivals Bath at the Rec' and round up the comings and goings on the player front. We also talk about the shocking news that Bristol centre, Will Hurrell, suffered a stroke during the away game at Leicester. We send our best wishes to Will and hope he makes a full recovery. We finish with our 'Gets My Goat' feature and find out what's upset Lee. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Feb 16, 2020
Ep23 - Bears fightback for famous win at Northampton and the Championship conoundrum
We discuss the dramatic turnaround in fortunes for Bristol Bears to run out 20-14 winners away at Northampton Saints. From an error-strewn first 60 minutes to a clinical final 20. We look ahead to the game against Worcester and wonder if Pat will change a winning team. In our round-up we give our thoughts on the future of the Championship, development plans at Ashton Gate and the arrival of Umbro to make next year’s kit. We also cover the rumoured arrival of an England international on loan. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast made by fans for fans.
Feb 9, 2020
Ep22 - Genge's sausages, Saints away and the atmosphere at the Gate
In this week's show it's Six Nations sausages from Knowle West's finest Ellis Genge. We talk about the Scotland v England game and some of the incidents on and off the pitch. We look ahead to next weekend's league game against Northampton and pick our Bear's 15 to take on the high-flying Saints. We also read out a listeners email that prompts a debate about the atmosphere down at the Gate. What are we missing? All will be revealed. We close the show with some new transfer rumours involving the Bears. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Feb 2, 2020
Ep21 - Sinckler and Eadie sign for the Bears but who else will come and go?
This week the boys discuss the signing of British Lion, Kyle Sinckler, and the return of one of our own, Mitch Eadie. There's also the merits of the four contract renewals also announced this week. But where does that leave the squad for next season with the contracts of over 20 players coming to an end in June. Who will stay and who will go - we give our thoughts. We look at the ticket pricing for the European Challenge Cup Quarter Final and reflect on 8 out of our next 10 games appearing live on BT Sport. We save England's 'no show' performance in Paris in the Six Nations until the end - sharp but to the point analysis. *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears rugby podcast, made by fans for fans.
Jan 26, 2020
Ep20 - Gloucester defeated by in form Bristol Bears and Lee goes into hiding
In this show we discuss Bristol’s dazzling second half performance to beat old rivals Gloucester 34-16. The win gets our league ambitions back on track and secures the Rifles Cup. Also find out why co-presenter, Lee, is keeping a low profile this week. We also give our opinions on the unfolding Saracens saga and give our thoughts on the Six Nations. In this week’s Gets My Goat, Miles unleashes his frustration. There’s nothing bottled up, that’s for sure. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Jan 19, 2020
Ep19 - Last gasp draw for Bristol Bears in Italy and the Saracens scandal
We discuss the last-minute try that salvaged a 7-7 draw against Zebre away in the Challenge Cup that was just enough for Bristol to gain the second-seed spot in the knockout phases. We take a look ahead to the quarter final against Dragons in April and who we may meet if we progress. With the injury list growing we debate who Pat will pick for the big league game against Gloucester - the 227th meeting with our Westcountry rivals. We finish this show by talking about the latest twist in the Saracens saga that has seen the champions doomed to relegation after just eight games. What does that mean for Bristol? *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Jan 12, 2020
Ep18 - Bristol Bears win big against Brive and England call ups
We discuss Bristol Bears impressive 52-3 win against Brive to secure a home quarter final in the European Challenge Cup. But with the potential to grab a home semi final too, what team should we send to Italy next week? We also have a chat about the Six Nations and whether we’ll see any Bears called up for international duty. There’s also a ‘Gets My Goat’ to finish the show. *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Jan 5, 2020
Ep17 - Bears come off worse in Tigers scrap and who finds time for a kebab?
The boys discuss Bristol Bears 31-18 defeat at Welford Road and their first experience on the Supporters Club coach. They also witness a surprising dash to a Leicester kebab shop. We look ahead to the return of the European Challenge Cup with the home game against Brive; answer comments from social media; and give our updated predictions for the rest of the season. *Bears Beyond The Gate *is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Dec 29, 2019
Ep16 - Bears get stung at the Gate by Wasps and our Festive Quiz
Despite a bumper crowd at Ashton Gate the Bears put on a stuttering performance losing 21-26 to lowly Wasps. We discuss where it went wrong and what needs to change before the trip to Welford Road in the New Year. We also take a look at Bristol Bears' record against Leicester Tigers over the years. Finally, there's our Festive Quiz where you can pit your wits against Lee, Miles and Pete as question-master Tony takes a look back at the season so far. Don't miss this last show of the decade. *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Dec 22, 2019
Ep15 - Reality check for Bristol Bears after heavy defeat at Saracens, plus Bobblegate
The boys discuss what the 47-13 defeat at Allianz Park means for our season and we hear from fans after the final whistle. We look ahead to the big festive clash at the Gate against Wasps and speculate on who Pat will pick for that game. Finally, we reveal the findings from our Merchandise Survey and give you the latest on the brewing Bobblegate controversy. *Bears Beyond The Gate *is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Dec 15, 2019
Ep14 - Hookers save Bristol Bears' blushes in physical Paris encounter
We talk about the tries from hookers Will Capon and Harry Thacker that gave Bristol Bears an historic win against Stade Francis in Paris. In this show we hear from Bears and Stade fans about the game and the atmosphere in and around the stadium. We also look ahead to the league game away at Saracens and debate how Pat Lam will use the squad over the festive season with three league games in just over two weeks. The club's merchandise issues rumble on and there's a caterpillar that needs taming. *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Dec 8, 2019
Ep13 - Madigan's back as Bears clinch bonus-point victory against Stade Francais
Ian Madigan returned to the side to help Bristol Bears seal another win in the European Challenge Cup - beating Stade Francais 37-11 at the Gate. We review this performance; talk to both Bears and French fans after the game; and look ahead to the rematch next weekend. We also reminisce about our live show* with BBC Radio Bristol last week and pick up on the latest transfer rumours. We end with a hairy, "Gets My Goat' feature! *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans. * We'd like to thank BBC Radio Bristol for allowing us to use clips from 'The Scrum' which was broadcast on Tuesday 3 December. The full show is available on BBC Sounds until the end of December 2019.
Dec 1, 2019
Ep12 - Luck of the Irish as Bears denied win by a last-minute penalty and our trip to the BBC
In this show we take a close look at the Bear's 27-27 draw at Ashton Gate against London Irish. With a red card, uncontested scrums, a try-scoring bonus point and a last minute penalty there's lots to talk about in the show. We also look ahead to the upcoming games against Stade Francais; reflect on the signing of Fijian superstar Semi Radradra; and speculate on how else might be coming to BS3. There's also our upcoming collaboration with the BBC and we end with our regular 'Gets My Goat' feature. *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Nov 24, 2019
Ep11 - It's 'nul points' for Brive as Bristol Bears dominate in France
Wowza! Bristol Bears crossed the Channel for what looked like their toughest group fixture in the European Challenge Cup and outclassed Brive 0-36. This was the first time the French team had failed to score at home in 57 years! The boys discuss the stellar performance by the Bears and have a giggle about the live online coverage. They also look ahead to next week's league game at the Gate against London Irish and ponder on who may play in the fixture. There is also a special 'transfer rumours' section and we finish with our regular 'Gets My Goat' feature. Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Nov 16, 2019
EP10 - The Italian job - Bristol Bears romp to home victory against Zebre
In this episode we have a pre-match beer with Bris Vadar (aka Andrew Cleaver) one of the club's biggest fans. We reflect on the 59-21 win against Zebre in the European Challenge Cup and speak to fans right after the game about Ioan Lloyd's performance and how far we can go in this competition. *Bears Beyond the Gate* is Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Nov 10, 2019
Ep09 - Bears defy the odds to maul the Chiefs at Sandy Park
The boys are buzzing after Bristol Bears produce a magnificent comeback to beat Exeter Chiefs in Devon and go top of the Gallagher Premiership. We review the players performances and pick out some of the main talking points. We also discuss the salary-cap fine for Saracens and reflect on their -35 points penalty. Finally, there's an Exeter related 'Gets My Goat' this week. *Bears Beyond The Gate *is a podcast made by fans for fans. Cmon Bris.
Nov 3, 2019
Ep08 - Sale kicked into touch at the Gate and the end of the World Cup
On this week's show we talk about the impressive defensive performance as Bristol Bears beat Sale Sharks 16-10 on a rainy night in south Bristol. We look ahead to the next game against Devon rivals, Exeter Chiefs; and give our final thoughts on the Rugby World Cup. Finally, our 'Gets My Goat' section puts the spotlight on the club shop. *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.
Oct 28, 2019
Ep07 - The soggy defeat at the Stoop and a potential Bristol Haka
In this episode the boys review Bristol Bears narrow defeat away against Harlequins and look forward to the next home game against Sale. There's our thoughts on England's impressive World Cup semi-final win against the All Blacks and our chances against South Africa in the final. We answer some listeners' questions and finish with a Haka-related 'Gets My Goat'. *Bears Beyond The Gate* is a podcast made by fans for fans. Cmon Bris.
Oct 21, 2019
Ep06 - The seven try demolition of Bath, plus a mole in the BBTG camp!
The boys are still buzzing after Bristol Bears 43-16 win over Bath in the first league game of the season. We review all the action at the Gate and speak to you, the fans, about your thoughts straight after the match. We discuss potential changes to the starting 15 for the next game away at Harlequins and do our regular Rugby World Cup review, including Siale Piutau's last game for Tonga and the quarter-final results. Finally, we receive information from a listener that we may have a 'mole' in the Bears Beyond The Gate inner circle. *Bears Beyond The Gate *is a Bristol Bears podcast made fans for fans.
Oct 14, 2019
Ep05 - Exeter (a) defeat in the Premiership Cup plus our meeting with Brian Moore.
The boys discuss the away defeat at Exeter and the performances that caught their eye. There’s news about a night out with a Pitbull. We look forward to the big league game against Bath and pick our starting 15. There’s also our World Cup round up and a certain commentator ‘gets our goat’ this week. This is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans. You can follow us on Twitter @BearsBeyondGate or email the show at email@example.com
Oct 8, 2019
Ep04 - London Irish (h) victory in the Premiership Cup
In this podcast Tony, Lee and Pete discuss the Bristol Bears home win over London Irish, we get fans' reactions to Tiff Eden's performance and hear from a player's Mum. We look ahead to the game against the Chiefs in Exeter and do our Bristol round-up from the World Cup. Pete explains why he was on the big screen at halftime last Sunday and we finish off with our 'Gets My Goat' section. Bears Beyond The Gate is made by fans for fans.
Sep 30, 2019
Ep03 - Gloucester (h) victory in the Premiership Cup
Tony (TC), Lee, Miles and Pete talk about Bristol's narrow home win in the Premiership Cup against Gloucester - including Nathan Hughes debut - and look forward to the next game in the competition against London Irish. There's chat about the Bristol connections at the Rugby World Cup and our thoughts on this season's home and away kits. We finish with our regular feature 'Gets On My Goat' and Miles airs his opinions about Dance Cam. * Bears Beyond The Gate* is a weekly podcast about all things Bristol Bears. Made by fans for fans.
Sep 23, 2019
Ep02 - Harlequins (a) defeat in the Premiership Cup
In this second episode Tony, Pete and Lee discuss the Bears first competitive game of the season away at Harlequins in the Premiership Cup. What did we learn and how important is this competition? We also look ahead to the next cup game against Gloucester at Ashton gate on Friday 27 September. We also talk about the Bristol connections in England's first game at the Rugby World Cup against Tonga. In our 'Gets My Goat' section Pete talks about one of his pet hates at Ashton Gate. Bears Beyond The Gate is a podcast made by fans, for fans.
Sep 16, 2019
Ep01 - Looking ahead to Bristol Bears 2019/20 season
In the first edition of this new Bristol Bears podcast your hosts Tony, Pete and Lee reflect on last season, how we've strengthened the squad and the players we're excited about seeing at Ashton Gate in the months ahead. We also ponder why the club decided not to send out new season ticket cards for many supporters. Bears Beyond The Gate is a podcast made by fans for the fans.