Hales capitulate after promising start
Birmingham Solihull 30 Old Halesonians 13
Hales travelled to Bees as a curtain raiser for the England Scotland game. Hales were forced into changes with charismatic Neil Mason and Rich Taylor unavailable.
The initial exchanges favoured Hales with a strong scrummage forcing a penalty after 10 minutes, converted by Ian Briggs 0 - 3. The visitors produced some excellent passages of play with front row Matt Young, Sam Jones and Matt Probert looking strong.
Ben Tibbetts at scrum half, Carl Robinson and Ben Barkley in the centres made good ground and kept the home side in the back foot. After 15 minutes Joe Collingham collected the ball, drove through the defence, fed Chris Hooper inside for a try, converted by Briggs to lead 0 - 10.
Hales seemed in control as Bees lost their loose head to a yellow card for collapsing the scrum, Briggs took the visitors to a 0 - 13 with the home side responding with a penalty for a 3 - 13 score at half time.
The start of the second half was crucial for Hales to keep up the pressure, they started well but lost momentum with injuries to Sawyer and Collingham. On 57 minutes Bees came back with penalty 6 - 13.
Hales allowed the opposition into the game and the last 10 mins was all Bees. Briggs received a yellow card and from the resulting line out the home side catch and drive for a converted try to draw level 13 - 13.
Hales were carrying injuries as Bees built the pressure. Two more converted tries and a penalty saw them victorious 30 - 13, another game won in the first half and lost in the second.