Japan claimed the first points through Siosifa Lisala. But it was not long before Kenya struck back through Cyprian Kuto. The Conversion from Daniel Taabu gave Kenya its first lead three minutes into the contest. Just a minute later, Japan’s Naoki Motomura fought through a tackle to just ground the ball in the left corner and put Japan back in front. The lead was extended when Kameli Raravou Soejima scored in the right corner just ahead of the break.
The second half saw Kenya battle back into it with a try from Vincent Onyala and conversion from Taabu to pull within in a point of Japan in the ninth minute. Kenya almost took the lead when Jacob Ojee found space up the left wing, but a Japanese penalty prevented the score. The penalty, however, led to a yellow card against Japan, which soon opened the door for Kenya, resulting in a try by Bush Mwale. Kenya soon put the icing on the cake with another try to go in front 28–15 with only seconds left. Japan could do nothing to change the scoreline in the little time that remained.