Belgium and Russia were evenly-matched early on. Russia opened the scoring with Alain Miriallakis scoring Belgium’s first try. The first half ended 17-13 in the Russians' favour.
Russia turned up the heat early in the second half and led 29-13 at one stage. However, the Belgians gave it their all and pulled things back to 36-32.
The match was too close to call, a fact that was reflected in the final score of 43 – 42 to Russia. Belgium’s four tries were good for a bonus point, bringing the Black Devils’ tally to 5 points from 5 games.
Belgium is fifth in the group, but level on (5) points with third-placed Portugal. Russia is second in the group, while Romania has a commanding lead with 19 points from 5 games.
The top two teams in the group qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.