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Bears Beyond The Gate

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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.
80 Episodes
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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'.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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 pod'. Plus the return of Miles and his top punditry.
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 from the England squad with an ankle injury, Chapparo's decision to join Benetton once his loan with Bristol is up and much more... 
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