In the fight for thirteenth place, Samoa drew first blood with a converted try by David Afamasaga sixty seconds in. A fourth-minute converted try by Elisapeta Alofipo put Spain even further behind. Spain threatened to end the shutout as the half drew to a close but could not muster a score. Samoa came close to extending the lead, yet saw the half end 14–0.
In the second half, Samoa continued to remind Spain which of the two nations has a trophy case full of sevens titles with a third converted try in the eleventh minute. A bizarre cherry pick that appeared to be an offside not called led to a fourth converted Samoan try in the twelfth minute as Spain missed out on finally getting some points on the board.
With thirty-three seconds remaining, Manuel Sainz got Spain on the scoreboard with a converted try. The restart came with under ten seconds and failed to go ten meters. Samoa took the free kick and kicked the ball to touch to come out the winner: Samoa 28, Spain 7.