In front of a crowd full of Fijian supporters, Kalione Nasoko struck like lightning for Fiji’s first five-pointer of the match. Fiji erred on the following restart kick, giving France a free kick at midfield. France hit with a firm attack, but could not reach paydirt. Instead, Josua Vakurunabili was the next to score as he outpaced the field, holding the ball in one hand, and giving it a kiss for good luck before setting it under the posts.
In an early front-runner for try of the tournament, Pierre Gilles Lakafia exploded down the left touchline and put on some fancy steps at the end to get France’s first points. The conversion was off the mark, but France had pulled within one score.
The second half started very much like the first with Fiji scoring a quick try in the opening seconds, this one coming from Vakurunabili for his second of the match. The conversion was true for the 19–5 lead. When Fiji’s Mesualme Kunavula crossed for a converted try in the thirteenth minute, France’s hopes for a win took a dive. On full time, Kunavula added his second to cement a 33–5 victory.