Kenya jumped on the opening kick, but the ball failed to travel ten meters, giving France a free kick to open the match. France made Kenya pay for the error with a try by Paul Bonnefond. Jean Pascal Barraque’s conversion pushed France to a 7–0 lead. But France also erred on its first restart attempt, kicking the ball into touch, to give Kenya the favor of a free kick at centerfield. The French defense, however, came in strong and forced Kenya to back track before coughing up a knock on inside the Kenya ten-meter line. From there, a miraculous take by Sacha Valleau off a difficult pass in front of the Kenya post gave France another score. But the conversion was off the mark, keeping France only a dozen points ahead.
Kenya mounted a strong offensive against the French in the final minutes of the half and appeared hard done not to benefit from a high-tackle penalty. The attack ended with a knock at the France twenty-two entering into the seventh minute. But the final word on the half was by Kenya when Samuel Oliech took the ball from a twenty-two meter scrum, threw a dummy pass, and streaked away untouched for a try under the post. He converted his score to put Kenya in excellent position to overcome their French adversaries.
And the galloping Willy Ambaka tearing down the left touchline in the first minute completed the comeback. Oliech’s conversion gave Kenya its first lead of the match. Kenya almost extended the lead with a quick tap off a penalty, but a knock saw the ball back with France, and France back in front as Valleau made it a brace. Barraque’s conversion made it a five-point advantage.
Mere seconds before the hooter, Gabin Villiere appeared to score for France, but a penalty was called instead. Kenya had a chance with the penalty from its own five-meter line, but could do nothing with it. On Full time: France 19, Kenya 14.