Kenya got things started with a try in the first minute. After an unfortunate delay due to injury, Kenya took a quick tap and scored a seven-pointer, going in front 12–0. Russia stayed alive in the match by being the next to score with an unconverted try by Ivan Ovchinnikov.
Trailing by seven to start the second half, Russia managed to tie the match with 4:30 remaining to keep the prospect of a memorable upset alive. Two minutes later Kenya retook the lead with a try in the left corner. The conversion gave Kenya a crucial buffer to try and prevent what would be a demoralizing defeat. Russia mounted one last attack, but surrendered possession on a penalty as the hooter sounded. Kenya continued to play for points and forced a Russian yellow card in the process. But Kenya was unable to extend the lead, settling for a 19–12 victory.
A win is a win, but Kenya would have expected a better performance against Russia.