Champion in the last tournament, Fiji headed out against Russia with a tremendous amount of confidence against the nation in most danger of relegation at year’s end. Josua Vakurunabili’s try at the start of the second minute of play showed precisely why Fiji was right to be confident. The conversion attempt could not overcome the slight wind, leaving Russia needing only a converted try to take the lead. But Fiji’s defense feasted upon the Russians, backing them up and up and up until forcing a penalty turnover at the Russian five-meter. Surprisingly, Russia withstood the tough position and regained possession. But the choice to kick down field to space found no chasers and worked to be little more than a gift back to Fiji.
Fiji, however, barely built on the possession and territory before giving the ball back to Russia. Nevertheless, Russia again could not overcome the stiff defense. The Fijian defense soon became the Fijian offense as Eroni Sau broke free for a score in line with the sticks. Amenoni Nasilasila chipped the kick over the bar to put Russia deeper in the hole. That hole got even more difficult to climb back out from when Nasilasila took an offload from Kalione Nasoko to score a converted try between the posts, making it 19–0 at half.
The second half started with Fiji putting the match well out of reach of Russia following a try by captain Jerry Tuwai and conversion of Nasilasila. Sau’s try with three and a half minutes left, made it 31–0. The bleeding for Russia continued as Vatemo Ravouvou added a try and conversion in the final minute of the match, leaving enough time for a restart. Nothing came from the final possession: Fiji 38, Russia 0.