Dylan Raubenheimer rolled back the years to spare Havant’s blushes in a 33-28 London one south win over Old Colfeians at Hooks Lane.
The 36-year old forward grabbed two tries – his second in the final moments – to prevent his team slipping deeper into relegation trouble.
The already-relegated visitors were closing in on a shock 28-28 draw when Raubenheimer picked up a metre from the line and forced his way over.
The conversion was missed – but the referee immediately blew the final whistle and Will Knight breathed a huge sigh of relief.
‘Dylan is our old war horse – having played more than 200 senior games for the club,’ said the head coach.
‘You don’t do that without knowing what to do at the right time and that came to the fore again for us.
‘His experience is invaluable bringing a steady hand to proceedings when it gets tight and tense.
‘He came to our rescue at the death for what is an important win.’
The win ensured Havant remained seven points above the drop zone with a game in hand.
The home side got themselves into a comfortable position in the opening half-hour but after that they became increasingly nervous.
Winger Josh Blackburn gave them a perfect start with an excellent early try.
He fielded a clearance kick and – after exchanging passes with full-back Grant Morris – crossed in the corner to give Havant the lead.
The visitors hit back almost immediately, though, with a converted try to lead 7-5.
James Reed then ran a fabulous line to restore Havant’s advantage with a try converted by Joel Knight.
Raubenheimer stretched that lead with his first try – jinking his way past a couple of defenders to score near the posts.
Joal Knight again added the conversion and it looked plain sailing for Havant.
‘We made the mistake of trying to force the game in the final 10 minutes of the first half,’ said Will Knight.
‘That allowed Old Colfeians back in it with an interception try. All of a sudden in the second half all the pressure was on us because our opponents were playing with a freedom and smile on their face.
‘When we found ourselves 28-25 behind deep into the second half I was going nuts.’
A Joel Knight penalty levelled the scores 10 minutes from the end as Havant laid seige to the Colfeians line for the remainder of the game.
And just when it looked as though the visitors would hold out, Havant forced a last-gasp try in the final play of the game.
Scrum-half Liam Davenport stepped through the middle of a ruck and was brought down close to the line.
But Raubenheimer was there when it mattered to score the crucial try.
‘It means our fate is still in our hands,’ said Will Knight.
‘With some difficult games ahead it was vital we won this one.
‘If we can get something at our rearranged game at Sidcup next week it will give us a greater buffer.
‘We don’t want to be going to Trojans in our final game needing something to stay up. It could still go to the wire, though.’