Coventry Bears 18 Whitehaven 32

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The Bears came back empty-handed in terms of points from their long trip to Cumbria last weekend, but put up a cracking fight against top-of-the-table Whitehaven. We’ve got all the analysis and the post-match reactions of Bears head coach Tom Tsang.

We also reveal which Bears players have been called into the England Universities team, we reflect on Nick Newman’s transfer to Newcastle Thunder, we look ahead to this weekend’s visit to Workington AND we give our thoughts on the 2019 season so far, now that we’ve reached the halfway mark – we pick out our favourite players and give the squad an overall grade.

Don’t forget to order your copy of Dave’s book – Forward! – which tells the story of the 2018 season for the Bears and is raising money for both the Bears and Rugby League Cares. Get yours before 22 July from

Intros – 00:00:43
Nick Newman transfer & England Universities selection – 00:01:50
Tom Tsang post-Whitehaven reaction – 00:10:11
Whitehaven analysis – 00:20:38
Halfway through the season report – 00:27:15
Workington predictions – 00:34:49

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