Picking themselves up from the disappointment of narrowly losing to South Africa in the earlier quarter-final, Scotland fought against Kenya to the very end and won on golden point in extra time to reach the plate final.
Mike Adamson scored the first try after Stuart McInally collected the ball from the kick-off and worked it wide for Adamson to run over the line.
He failed to convert his own try and the athletic Kenyans replied with a converted try in the last minute of the half. But play was not over yet, Scotland won the restart once again and Colin Shaw broke through to go in under the posts, Adamson converting to give them a crucial advantage at the break (12-7).
Two minutes into the second half, it looked as though Scotland would ease ahead when Lee Jones got his first try of the day to give them a ten point gap.
Shaw took a hard knock in a try-saving tackle but the Kenyans made it over a few minutes later to claw back within five points, and they followed it up with their third try coming from a midfield interception with only 15 seconds left on the clock. The crucial conversion went wide meaning it would be decided by a golden point in extra time.
Andrew Turnbull then looked like he’d won it for the Scots as he broke away but was called back for crossing behind his team mate. It was then Kenya’s turn to be denied, they touched-down but the try was disallowed for a double-movement over the line.
Twenty-six seconds remaining on the clock, Scotland won their own line-out, Jones saw a gap open up in the defence and he sprinted 50m for a 22-17 win.
A relieved Jones said, “It was only going to be hard at this time of the day against the Kenyans but we managed to get the win and I am really proud of the boys. The Kenyan’s are big, strong and have pace but we kept to our tactics well and got the all-important win. We’re going to go for it in the last match and hopefully finish the Games on a high.”
The plate final takes place at 15.50hrs, Samoa the challenging opponents.