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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.

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.


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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.






Ep113 - Defeat at Sale in final game and our 2021/22 season review

In this week's show we discuss the disappointing 42-19 defeat at Sale to finish our campaign for the year. Hear our thoughts on the game, tactics and player performances. We then look back on the 2021/22 season picking out some of the highs, a few of the lows and some of the memorable moments on and off the pitch. We also pick out the players we've enjoyed watching most this year and give our initial thoughts on how the Bears will get on next season. All this and more in the final episode...


Ep112 - Bears beat Chiefs in a thriller, retained list debate and Women miss out on final

What a way to round off the home campaign with a fine 40-33 win against local rivals Exeter Chiefs. In a flashback to last season the Bears played some sublime rugby to score six tried and end Exeter's playoff hopes. We talk about some sparkling performances and analyse how the Bears turned in such a great victory. This week we also said goodbye to eleven players following the publication of the retained list for 2022/23. We discuss the departing players and their contribution to the Bears...


Ep111 - Men and Women face Exeter, CEO departs and training methods questioned

In this week's show we look ahead to the final home game of the season as Bristol face Exeter Chiefs at the Gate. Hear our thoughts on the team and our predictions for the game. We also look forward to the Women's team's trip to Sandy Park to face Exeter in the play off semi final, following this week's narrow away to defeat to Exeter in their final league game. It's all Exeter, Exeter, Exeter! One of our listeners has asked for help to complete a research project into the women's game. If...


Ep110 - Defeat away at Leicester and John Afoa set to leave the Bears

In this week's show we discuss the heavy defeat at Welford Road as the Bears lost 56-26 to Leicester. We talk about the game, tactics and player performances. We also discuss today's news that John Afoa will leave the club at the end of the season rather than take up a role as a full time coach. John is heading to France with a two-year playing contract. We discuss the implications of losing both our best scrummager and a coach! All this and more with Tony, Lee, Miles and Pete.


Ep109 - Bears win Rifles Cup, Tigers preview, open training session and Frisch to depart

What a difference a week makes. After European disappointment last week the Bears bounced back with a late 29-28 win over Gloucester to win the Rifles Cup. With Semi out for the rest of the season and many of our other stars unavailable the match day squad did the club proud to snatch a late win despite Sam Bedlow's red card. Hear our thoughts on the game and player performances. We also talk to the Leicester fan's podcast about our next game away at Welford Road. After a Christmas...


Ep108 - Disappointing Champions Cup defeat to Sale and a Gloucester preview

In this week's show we talk about the fateful Friday night that saw Bristol dumped out of the Champions Cup by Sale. Hear our thoughts on the selections, tactics and player performances. We also preview the next home game against Gloucester with our friends from the Cherry Jam Podcast. Due to a technical glitch the last five minutes of this week's recording is unavailable.


Ep107 - First leg cup victory at Sale, five new signings and season card prices

It may not have been a showcase of fluent rugby but we are mighty happy with the 9-10 victory away at Sale in the Champions Cup first leg. Hear our thoughts on the game, player performances and Pat's tactic of going with a superstar heavy bench. With the second leg at home on Good Friday we debate the Bears approach for the next clash with Sale. Same again or do we start our big names from the first minute. Hear our thoughts. We also talk about the arrivals of Ibitoye, Williams, Davies,...


Ep106 - Disappointing defeats to Gloucester and Northampton, contract woes and Sale preview

Not a great week for the Bears with disappointing loss against Gloucester in the Premiership Cup quickly followed by a league defeat away at Northampton. Hear our thoughts on the player performances, tactics and where it all went wrong... again. To make a bad week on the field worse, news broke of Bristolian Dave Attwood's departure at the end of the season to join Bath. Then the Daily Telegraph's revelation that a contract mess up means six players who were due to leave the club have been...


Ep105 - Bath battered but no joy at White Hart Lane Showdown

In this week's show we review Bristol 61-19 win against Bath in the Premiership Rugby Cup and the narrow 27-23 defeat to Saracens in the 'Showdown' at White Hart Lane. Hear our thoughts on both games and the player performances that stood out. There's also our previews of the forthcoming games against Gloucester (cup) and we speak to Northampton journalist, Tom Vickers, about our trip Saints (league). Plus more rumours about players arriving and leaving.


Ep104 - Bears lose latest shoot out with Quins and a Saracens preview

Recorded right after the game the boys discuss the disappointing 29-38 loss to Saracens at Ashton Gate on Sunday. Having conceded 14 points in the first 3 minutes the boys showed a lot of heart to battle back into the game but ultimately fell short... again. We discuss the individual performances and look at some of the key moments in the game. There's also our preview of the forthcoming games against Bath and Saracens, a discussion on new signing Magnus Bradbury and our thoughts on...


Ep103 - Siva sees red as we lose in Bath, new injury cover and a Quins preview

Once again this season we snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After a flying start at arch rivals Bath a red card, there yellows and some poor decision making see the Bears fall to a 29-27 defeat in the fifth minute of stoppage time. We try to make sense of this crazy game and give our thoughts on individual performances. We once again speak to Will at The Harlequins Podcast about the reigning champions visit to Ashton Gate next Sunday. He's confident that Quins will win and after...


Ep102 - Tiff & Co take the sting out of Wasps, Bath preview and U18 Champions

This week we bask in the glory of the Bears bonus-point win against a strong Wasps team. We certainly didn't expect to see such a good performance after the horror show at Worcester the week before. Hera out thoughts on the likes of Strong, Eden, Frisch and Adeolokun who all stepped up to the plate to guide the Bears to a memorable win. Hear our thoughts on the game, performances and tactics and if Tiff Eden had done enough to keep the 10 shirt for next week. We also look ahead to the next...


Ep101 - Bears go down to disappointing defeat at Sixways, Wasps preview and a new fly half

In this week's show we discuss the 19-14 defeat to Worcester Warriors. Once again a lack of precision and too many turnovers left the Bears humbled at Sixways. To make matters even worse, new scrum half, Toby Venner, lasted all of a dozen minutes before the number 9 curse struck again.We pick through the bones of this disappointing performance and analyse what went wrong. There's also a preview of next Friday's game against Wasps with friend of the podcast, Rob from The Wasps Report. We...


Ep100 - No luck against Irish, exclusive Joe Joyce interview and a look ahead to Sixways

In this special bumper edition of BBTG we celebrate our 100th episode of the podcast. The team hadn't read the script and instead of having a glorious victory to review, we try to make sense of the 32-49 home defeat against London Irish. How did we go from a halftime lead to conceding 39 unanswered points in half an hour! And then with 14 men we score three tries in the last five minutes. A crazy, crazy game. Hear our thoughts on the match, the Naulago red card, Mr Ridley's refereeing...


Ep99 - Bears have Falcons in a flap, Irish preview and the Bristol Bullsharks

In this week's show we give our thoughts on Bristol's entertaining 37-21 win against Newcastle Falcons at Ashton Gate. Tom Whiteley shone as a nine-and-a-half (scrum half and fly half) and Siva Naulago put in a eye-catching performance in his first start of the season after a long-term injury. We also look ahead to the next game on Friday against London Irish and Pete has a cosy chat with our good friend Jerry Brown, Chair of the London Irish Supporters Association. Jerry tells us all about...


Ep98 -Bristol Bears power to eight-try European victory at Scarlets

In this week's show we talk about the record-breaking European Champions Cup win away at Scarlets. the 52-21 scoreline is the most points Bristol have scored in the competition and the most tries in a match. We talk about the player performances, the tactics and the return of some star names. With all the results in we discuss our Round of 16 opponents, Sale Sharks, and give our thoughts on Bristol's chances to progress to the quarter finals. We also talk about the new TV deal for...


Ep97 - Saturday night fever as Bristol bag bonus-point win against Stade Francais

In this week's show we discuss Bristol Bears 28-17 win against Stade Francais Paris at Ashton Gate in the Champions Cup. Kicking off at the unusual time of 8pm on Saturday evening the Bristol faithful witnessed a free flowing open game with some cracking tries from the Bears. We talk tactics, team performance and pick out some individuals who shone for us. Next week is the final pool game against Welsh foes, Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets. With qualification to the knockout stage guaranteed we...


Ep96 - Bears bag bonus-point win against Sharks and Stade Francais preview

In this week's show we discuss the much improved 32-15 win against Sales Sharks at Ashton Gate. Sale have been a bit of a bogey team for us over the past few seasons, but a much improved Bears picked up the try-bonus-point win with the last play of the game. Here our thoughts on the tactics, performance and which individuals shone for us. There's also the chant that never was and the mysterious reappearnce of a regal mitten! We also look ahead to the game against State Francais next...


Ep95 - New Years Day disappointment against Exeter and Sale preview

In this week's show we discuss the 19-13 defeat at Sandy Park where the Bears were resolute in defence but rather lacklustre in attack. Was the losing bonus point a just reward or were we lucky to come away with something. Hear our thoughts on the game plan, player performances and some of the moments that stood out for us. We also look ahead to Sale's visit to Ashton Gate on Friday and ponder the team and tactics for this game. We talk with Jonathan Beardmore from the Eggchasers Podcast...


Ep94 -Tigers edge Boxing Day clash and a preview of the trip to Sandy Park

It was a real heartbreaker on Boxing Day as Leicester Tigers scored in the dying seconds to win 26-28 at the Gate. A wonderful game of rugby for the neutral and probably the best Bears' peformance of the season so far. Hear our thoughts on the game, tactics and player performances. There was also the return to Bristol of Ellis Genge, accompanied by a new chant from the stands. We give our thoughts on his performance and talk to his dad, Richard. The next game is on New Year's Day away at...