Butch James starred in a 24-16 victory for Bath over Worcester in the European Challenge Cup final.
The scoreline flattered Worcester, as former Springbok winger Thinus Delport crossed the line in injury time. After recently being knocked out of the Premiership race, Bath finally have some silverware, the first trophy to come to The Rec in 10 years. Winning this title also ensures Bath will play in next season’s Heineken Cup.
Bath led 15-6 at the break thanks to tries by flanker Jonny Faamatuainu and fullback Nick Abendanon. Olly Barkley and James’s subsequent penalty-goals took the game away from Worcester thereafter.
The game marked the last in Bath colours for England’s Olly Barkley and Steve Borthwick. Barkley is off to Gloucester while Borthwick is joining Saracens.
Bath – Tries: Jonny Faamatuainu, Nick Abendanon. Conversion: Olly Barkley. Penalties: Barkley 2, Butch James. Drop-goal: Barkley.
Worcester - Try: Thinus Delport. Conversion: Joe Carlisle. Penalties: Shane Drahm (3).