London Welsh 33
Worcester Warriors 22
Thank gawd that's over. A season in which the margins have become finer, the platitudes more wearisome and good men have paid for failure with their jobs, can finally be laid to rest.
Very few will shed tears for the passing of the 2012-13 campaign and no-one was sorry to see the back of this afternoon's finale, a match in which Worcester looked reluctant attendees at London Welsh's leaving do.
For long periods Nigel Redman's side fiddled and fidgeted, watched the clock and jangled their car keys suggestively and all the while Welsh basked in their last day in the spotlight for who knows how long.
Indeed after just one Premiership win in the second half of the season it is little wonder that the side which looked destined for the Championship next year, was not actually the one heading that way. Warriors' solitary success over London Wasps seems a lifetime ago.
In terms of motivation and cohesion relegated Welsh were much more proactive than Warriors and they fully deserved their win, if only because they showed the ambition and handling ability to carry off the 'who gives a toss?' approach that characterised the second half.
That mindset actually made for a decent spectacle too as Welsh threw caution to the wind and basically ran anything from anywhere.
With Gordon Ross sparking their back-line and two dangerous wingers holding their width, the home side played some lovely stuff, indeed you'll have to give considerable thought to remembering a better try than Nick Scott's 70m bonus point-sealing sprint just before the hour.
By that time Lyn Jones's men had the points in the bag after knocking lethargic Worcester on to the back foot in the opening exchanges.
First Dan Caprice found a couple of forwards to embarrass before racing over from 40m and then Alfie To'oala benefitted from a total breakdown in Warriors' maul defence.
"The difference in the game was they used that wind really early on, we put ourselves under pressure and they scored two tries in eight minutes," lamented Redman.
"It's just those little bits of accuracy are the difference between winning and losing. Had we been more accurate in our execution and decision-making throughout the season, it would have been a different story. Today just emulated other games."
Which roughly translates as 'We've made too many mistakes all year. That's why we're second bottom' and begs the question: Are the right people leaving the club? Coaches should only be held responsible for players' cock-ups to a certain point.
There were plenty of those too, especially in the first half when Worcester got anywhere near the red zone. By the time Ed Shervington had overthrown a lineout, Richard de Carpentier inexplicably failed to ground the ball, Jonny Arr was stripped of possession, Andy Goode missed a kick at goal and Chris Jones was pinged for holding on near the line - five decent scoring opportunities had been spurned.
By contrast Welsh created two, took both and led 17-3 at half-time.
After the break, even with Gordon Ross in the bin, Tom Arscott was able to step past Jones and score from 5m out. Then Scott's try made it 30-3.
The hosts invited Warriors back into the game when the credit-worthy Josh Drauniniu nicked Ross's forced pass to score the first of two quick-fire tries.
The Fijian-born flier then scorched away for the second and suddenly Worcester had been handed a lifeline.
But they were too cack-handed to grasp it and they ended the game and the season spluttering error upon error. It was all rather fitting, really. For Welsh back to square one, for Worcester back to the drawing board.
WELSH: Arscott; Caprice (Ajuwa 39), Stegmann, Lewis J, Scott; Ross, Lewis R (Davies 73); Bristow (Moss 75), Bateman (George 75), Joly (Tideswell 61), Corker, Kulemin (Brown 60), Browne, Beach (Denbee 73), To'oala (Cabello 40).
WORCESTER: Pennell; Drauniniu, Short (Gray 66), Grove, Howard; Goode, Arr (Hodgson); Mullan, Shervington, Murray (Andress 68), Percival (Schofield 68), Jones, Best, Betty (Abbott 66), De Carpenier. Not used: Lutui, O'Donnell, Stelling.
Referee: Matt Carley (RFU)