After a disappointing loss to the United States, having beaten the Americans in the last tournament, Samoa was out for blood against Spain. That drive was on display in Joe Perez’s converted try in the opening minute of the match. Samoa’s second score was more difficult, but came in large part from a run up the right wing by Tila Mealoi while missing a boot. The unconverted try made it 12–0 heading into the final minute before halftime. Jaike Carter for Spain finally removed the goose egg and Igor Genua’s conversion kept Spain within striking distance. The Spanish try left just enough time for Samoa to answer back before intermission. This time, the score came by David Afamasaga.
The second half began with another very quick Samoan score half a minute in to extend the lead to 24–7. The next score also went the way of the Samoans, putting Spain’s fate clearly visible to even the worst soothsayer. Spain did not lie down, leading to a try by Thomas Pearce. Following the conversion, there was just enough time for the restart. Samoa, knowing a quarterfinal birth could come down to points continued to push for more, but neither team was able to add any more: Samoa 29, Spain 14.