In a pairing of two evenly matched teams, the difference maker can be the bounce of the ball or the rub of the call. Despite a yellow card shown to Canada two and a Half minutes in, Nathan Hirayama overcame the man disadvantage to take the 7–0 lead. Still down a man, Wales was too strong to be denied on the power play, as Owen Jenkins broke free for the dot down in the center of the try zone. Finally back to seven on seven and level at seven, the final minute and a half of the match continued as it all began: two teams hammering away at each other and a razor thin margin of error for each. A cross-field kick sent Justin Douglas in for the try after Mike Fuailefau bested Ben Roach to collect in the kick before offloading to Douglas. The conversion attempt just a shade off, Canada held a 12–7 lead on half.
Wales pulled even just a minute and a half into the second half. The conversion, gave Wales its first lead of the match, but it was short lived, as Phil Berna soon scored one in the right corner for Canada, leaving nothing but a drop goal splitting the two sides. Canada gained a scrum on the restart, but a penalty at the Wales ten-meter, gave Wales possession with two minutes remaining. A second yellow card for Canada, just ten meters shy of their own line, spelled major trouble for the North Americans. Luke Morgan made sure to use the advantage to once more take the lead. The converted try put Wales ahead 21–17 with mere seconds remaining. Up a man, and three seconds left on the clock, Wales kicked deep. Canada was able to preserve the possession and take one last crack at winning the match. Team Canada won a penalty and came back to full numbers. A Hirayama did the heavy lifting and Canada completed the come-from-behind victory. The conversion pushed the final score to Canada 24, Wales 21.