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Summary

  1. St Helens win their first Grand Final since 2006
  2. FT: St Helens 14-6 Wigan
  3. Wigan's Ben Flower sent off for punching Lance Hohaia in second minute
  4. Joe Burgess try gave Wigan half-time lead
  5. Second-half tries from Sia Soliola and Tommy Makinson win it for Saints

Live Reporting

By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

Remember you can watch the highlights of tonight's match on BBC Two tomorrow at 17:30 BST (in Scotland, the programme begins at 18:00 BST).

And that is pretty much it from me. It has been another Grand Final to remember - for some good reasons and, unfortunately, for some bad reasons as well.

On the domestic front, at least, we will see you again in 2015.

St Helens celebrate with the Grand final trophy
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So St Helens are champions after another intense derby match with Wigan Warriors. Tries from Sia Soliola and Tommy Makinson ended their eight-year wait for the Super League title.

Read Matt Newsum's match report from Old Trafford.

England aiming for Four Nations glory

The domestic season may be over, but fear not rugby league fans, because the Four Nations starts in two weeks.

England will be testing themselves against the best teams in the world - Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.

All of England's games, starting with the clash against Samoa on 25 October, will be screened live on the BBC.

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

And now the celebrations can begin. St Helens coach Nathan Brown is posing with the Super League trophy for the cameras, while various media outlets are attempting to grab a few words with the players involved.

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

Paul Wellens
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And now for the victorious St Helens squad. Captain Paul Wellens takes the microphone to offer his commiserations to Wigan, his thanks to the players and their families. And finally to the Saints' supporters: "Tonight was for you," he says. Then he lifts the trophy and gets showered in champagne.

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

The beaten Wigan Warriors players are being presented with their losers' prizes. A season without silverware for Shaun Wane's side, which is a rare occurrence. You can be sure they will be desperate to put that right in 2015.

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"Brilliant game. Brutal, skilful and engaging. Saints were the much better team in the second half. Chants of 'it's coming home' sung by their fans."

St Helens forward Mark Flanagan told BBC Radio 5 live:

"It was a fast start and we had to compose ourselves, make sure we did not retaliate and keep our heads.

"It is a dream come true, playing on an occasion like this and to get the win in a magnificent match like this against Wigan is amazing."

George Riley

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"The Wigan players have sunk to their knees, the players are in tears on the Old Trafford pitch.

"After five horrible years, the Saints have sparkled under the Old Trafford lights. Against all the odds St Helens have beaten the champions."

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has made his way onto the pitch for the post-match celebrations, as has Jon Wilkin, who missed today's game with a shoulder injury. The Saints players are jumping up and down in front of their jubilant supporters, who have waited eight years for this.

Rob Burrow

Leeds half-back on BBC Radio 5 live

"St Helens have been a fantastic team throughout my career. Nathan Brown said that these guys were a completely different group from those that lost all those finals and they showed that tonight."

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

St Helens have been written off many times this season. Injuries have decimated their squad at times, and robbed them of some key players in the closing weeks of the campaign, but they end the 2014 season as League Leaders' Shield winners and Grand Final winners.

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

Plenty of credit must go to Wigan, who fought on for 78 minutes with 12 men following Ben Flower's early red card. But it is St Helens who emerge victorious at Old Trafford. Not a bad leaving present for departing head coach Nathan Brown.

George Riley

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"The Wigan fans are leaving. They were big favourites coming into this match but that double punch from Ben Flower turned this game on its head.

"In contrast the Saints fans are looking to the skies and punching the air. The noise from the Stretford End from the Saints fans is deafening."

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

The fans count down the final few seconds, the final hooter goes, and St Helens are the 2014 Super League champions!

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

St Helens hooker James Roby has been named man of the match and will be presented with the Harry Sunderland Trophy at full-time.

Rob Burrow

Leeds half-back on BBC Radio 5 live

"You have got to give credit to Wigan, they have never not been in the game but they have been down to 12 men for the entire match.

"Credit to St Helens, they took in what Nathan Brown said at half-time and came out flying.

"I think St Helens, after all their suffering on this pitch, deserved this win."

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

St Helens have lost in each of their last five Grand Final appearances, but today will be their day. A first Super League title in eight years is less than two minutes away.

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

Tensions are beginning to simmer again at Old Trafford as John Bateman and Sia Soliola are involved in a clash under the posts. The pair are quickly separated and play restarts with a St Helens penalty.

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"Delirium in the St Helens end after that try from Tommy Makinson. Fans are hugging, kissing and generally in party mood as Wigan try to respond."

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

More good defending from Sia Soliola to earn St Helens the turnover. His try proved the catalyst for Saints' second-half comeback, in his final appearance for the club before he heads to Australia's NRL.

Rob Burrow

Leeds half-back on BBC Radio 5 live

"Trying to defend for eight minutes is an eternity in this game and Wigan are the one team that could come back from this.

"They need to score twice but they are the team that could do this but they need to keep the ball.

"They have got it in themselves to do this, they just have to make sure they do not panic."

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors

Do Wigan have anything left? They come forward again and have a scrum just inside St Helens territory courtesy of a knock-on. Saints skipper Paul Wellens is down receiving some treatment.

George Riley

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"That could prove the match winner. Matty Bowen got nowhere and St Helens may just have gone too far ahead in this Grand Final.

"We did wonder how big that missed kick could be but what a finish, what a season Makinson has had - in the Super League dream team and the England squad.

"Saints are edging towards ending that horrific five consecutive Super League Grand Final defeats between 2007-2011.

"It would be a great story for St Helens, they have had so many injuries this season."

Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside

"St Helens don't have to throw it around. They just have to see out their sets of six and Wigan will tire."

TRY

St Helens 14-6 Wigan Warriors - Tommy Makinson try, Mark Percival con

Tommy Makinson celebrates his try
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Is that game over? St Helens captain Paul Wellens puts up a high kick and Tommy Makinson claims it above the Wigan defence to touch down under the posts. Makinson jumps in delight, and as Mark Percival sends over the kick at goal, a first title since 2006 is not too far away.

George Riley

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"It wasn't an easy kick but you do start to wonder how key that missed kick could be.

"It is as fierce a derby as I have seen for some time."

St Helens 8-6 Wigan Warriors

I have to admit that, when Ben Flower was sent off with less than two minutes on the clock, I did not expect Wigan to still be so close at this stage. Only 14 minutes left and the Warriors are still in with a shout.

MISSED PENALTY

St Helens 8-6 Wigan Warriors

How crucial will that miss be from Matty Smith? It was by no means a certainty. But in a game as tight and as important as this, chances like that simply have to go over as he pulls his kick across the face of the posts and wide.

St Helens 8-6 Wigan Warriors

After a wonderful Wigan break, Josh Charnley is tackled 10 metres out by Josh Jones, but he holds on too long and Saints are penalised. Wigan going for the two to level it up again.

St Helens 8-6 Wigan Warriors

Wigan are keeping the ball alive inside their own 10 metres. Offload after offload from their back five. They are not giving up by any means, and you would not put it past them to get back into this one.

George Riley

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"The pendulum is swinging and it is swinging towards St Helens.

"Wigan need a big game changer. They are going to need a 40-20 kick or a penalty to get down the other end. Anything to try and get some points on the board."

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"Both teams now attacking their own fans. The Saints supporters almost pulled Soliola over for that try. The noise levels have gone up a notch."

St Helens 8-6 Wigan Warriors

St Helens' James Roby tackled
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20 minutes left to play. Just two points the difference.

Rob Burrow

Leeds half-back on BBC Radio 5 live

"It is probably a bit easier for us in the gantry to see that opportunity. I think it shows that Wigan have the ability to come back from this.

"It is what Wigan have been doing all season and why they are in this final. They have been outstanding, not just with the ball, but being willing to go that extra yard."

St Helens 8-6 Wigan Warriors

What a tackle by Tommy Makinson to deny Liam Farrell, who was about to score one of the greatest tries ever seen in a Grand Final. Makinson has been in lethal scoring form at the other end for Saints this season, but he needed all of his defensive skills to keep out the Wigan second-rower there. The move develops and Wigan are still in the hunt, but then John Bateman knocks on. An escape for Saints, a moment of hope for the Warriors.

Rob Burrow

Leeds half-back on BBC Radio 5 live

"That could have been the first time Wigan will have thought that they are a man down.

"St Helens have had all the field possession for the last 10 minutes and they look like the team in control now.

"Nathan Brown will have told his players they needed to start this half big and I think you will see them get better and better."

Alex Haworth: It's that Flower has flagrantly diminished his side's chances that's annoyed me more than the fact that he's assaulted someone.

Paul Heyes: The forearm smash deserves a red card, the first punch deserves a red card. The second punch deserves criminal proceedings.

Stu Dykes: Worst first half ever. South Sydney must be laughing.

St Helens and Wigan Warriors will both be involved in next year's newly revamped six-team World Club Challenge that will take place in the UK between Friday, 20 February - Sunday, 22 February 2015. South Sydney Rabbitohs, this year's NRL Grand Final champions finalists Brisbane Broncos and St George-Illawarra Dragons will also feature, while Warrington will also represent Super League.

TRY

St Helens 8-6 Wigan Warriors - Sia Soliola try, Mark Percival con

Sia Soliola scores
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In his farewell appearance for St Helens, Sia Soliola gives them a huge lift with his side's first try of the evening. The big forward, sporting a more sensible haircut these days, powers his way over from close range. Mark Percival converts and puts Saints in front for the first time in the Grand Final.

St Helens 2-6 Wigan Warriors

Not quite a situation of counting down the minutes for Wigan, but with every passing set of six they see out, the more they must believe it will be their day. They have more defensive work to do now, as prop Eddy Pettybourne knocks on near the halfway line.