After seesaw action with each team looking moments away from scoring first, Danny Bibby finally got England in for the opening try of the match. with just under ten seconds remaining, Samoa stormed into the England twenty-two. England forced the turnover, and the sides exchanged some pushing and shoving as mutual frustration began to set in. Benefiting from a penalty, England kicked for touch. Having won the lineout, England set to a strong attack, ultimately capping off the attack with a try in the right corner for Dan Norton following a penalty in front of the posts. The tough conversion from captain Tom Mitchell rewarded England with a full seven-pointer.
As the second half got underway, England held the important two-score lead (12–0). Despite several chances to extend that lead, Samoa remained staunch in defense and England was left to watch as Joe Perez crashed the party with a try. The conversion by Tila Mealoi kept the result very much in doubt. The resulting restart led directly to a penalty in favor of Samoa, which the Samoans Looked to capitalize on for a try in the right corner, but the tremendous English effort resulted in the ball being held up. Samoa soon surrendered a penalty to relieve the pressure. With a minute left, Samoa got one more opportunity by way of a penalty at the England ten-meter. The jubilant Samoan contingent in the stands tried to will their men in blue to victory. A penalty at the England five-meter with twenty seconds remaining dashed the hopes of the loyal supporters. England 12, Samoa 7.
For team USA supporters, the result secured a quarterfinal bid, with the match against England to close pool play to decide seeding.