Bath’s decade long drought without silverware is over as they ended the 2007/8 season with the European Challenge cup in their trophy cabinet.

After defeat in the 2003 and 2007 finals, it was third time lucky for the English team who ground out an impressive win over Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm.

Outgoing skipper Steve Borthwick lead by example and was a tower of strength in the lineout on his way to becoming Fed Ex Man of the match.

Bothwick, who joins Saracens next season, was carried aloft by his jubilant teammates after a titanic tussle in appalling conditions.

Worcester won the toss and opted to play with the wind at their backs in the first period.

It mattered not as Bath dominated possession and territory in the first quarter, and deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes with a Olly Barkley penalty.

Barkley went on to score a second penalty a drop goal and a conversion, but it was tries from Jonny Faamatuainu and Nick Abendanon that put the game beyond the reach of brave Worcester.