In a battle of the two most accomplished nations in the history of the short code, Fiji came up just shy of drawing first blood through a dramatic run by Jerry Tuwai. A penalty in the tackle of Tuwai, gave Fiji a penalty restart from the New Zealand five-meter line. The Fijians worked the ball back to the center of the field and sent Vatemo Ravouvou under the post for the opening points of teh match. The conversion put New Zealand behind by 7. Fiji almost scored again off the restart, but Kalione Nasoko was pulled into touch at the five-meter line. New Zealand won the lineout, but then gave up a penalty inside its own twenty-two. Fiji immediately turned the ball back to New Zealand and the All Blacks were on the board once Vilimoni Koroi scooped up the loose ball and scampered ninety meters for the five-pointer. The All Blacks took the lead as the first-half hooter blared when a five-meter lineout turned into a six-man maul over the line for an unconverted try to go in front 10–7.
The early minutes of the second half was marked by the high-paced, exciting rugby these two nations are known for when they square off. But four minutes in and the halftime score remained undisturbed. On full time, Fiji won a penalty against New Zealand for a high tackle, keeping the Fijian attack alive. Well into stoppage, Fiji continued to hammer inside the New Zealand twenty-two until Jerry Tuwai found the ball in his hand and space to trot over the line for the try. Alasio Sovita Naduva added the conversion for good measure: Fiji 14, New Zealand 10.