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  1. Widnes 12-10 up at the break through Joe Mellor and Matt Whitley
  2. Brad Dwyer scores for hosts after half-time but Charly Runciman hits back
  3. Late Kurt Gidley goal wins it for Warrington
  4. Warrington join Wakefield in last four

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

FT: Warrington 20-18 Widnes

So we know two of our Challenge Cup semi-finalists in 2016. Warrington join Wakefield in the last four.

On Saturday, we've got live text commentary of Hull FC v Catalans and Wigan v Castleford on the BBC Sport website and app. And remember you can watch the second of those ties on BBC Two from 17:15 BST.

Thanks for your company this evening. I'll see you again tomorrow.

Kevin Penny
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FT: Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Warrington head coach Tony Smith: "The nerves were going at the end. We made hard work of it. All credit to Widnes, they had a crack at us and played really well."


FT: Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Warrington half-back Kurt Gidley: "That was tough and that's what I was expecting in the Challenge Cup.

"We probably made too many errors in the second part of the first half and that took it out of us. We showed some real character in the second half to fight back."

FT: Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Reaction to follow from the key figures in an enthralling match...

Full time

Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Warrington have done it. Only just, but they have.

A slow start, but it turned into a superb game of rugby league.

Tony Smith

Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Widnes look out on their feet here. Both sides do.

Wolves winger Kevin Penny gets to Kevin Brown's kick forward and surely sees Warrington home.

Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Widnes cough up possession 20 metres from the Warrington line.

Rhys Hanbury attempts an offload, and Daryl Clark drops on the ball.

Two minutes to go.

Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Widnes probably have three attacking sets to stay in the Challenge Cup.

The first one ends with a high kick from just inside the Warrington half. Kevin Brown's big boot comes down with snow on it, but the Wolves gather it safely.

PENALTY - Warrington 20-18 Widnes

Kurt Gidley

Kurt Gidley

From 25 metres out, Kurt Gidley slots his kick between the sticks and the Australian has sent Warrington that little bit closer to a seventh Challenge Cup semi-final in eight seasons.

Warrington 18-18 Widnes

Faces of anguish from the Widnes coaching staff as a chance goes begging out wide.

This situation calls for calm heads, more than anything else.

Hang on, what's happened here? Warrington have a penalty! Rhys Hanbury spills and Hep Cahill drops on the ball from an offside position. This is kickable...

Warrington 18-18 Widnes

Ten minutes to go. One bit of magic wins this game. Or, increasingly likely, a drop-goal.

Who wants to be a hero? Chris Sandow? Kurt Gidley? Kevin Brown? Rhys Hanbury?

Warrington 18-18 Widnes

John Kear

Former England coach on BBC Two

We are in for a great final 15 minutes because there are two tired teams, but two teams desperate to get to the semi-finals.

TRY - Warrington 18-18 Widnes

Charly Runciman, goal Rhys Hanbury

Oh, here we go! This quarter-final is boiling up nicely as Widnes get back on terms with a try from Charly Runciman.

And you probably won't see a better try this weekend. A great break from Rhys Hanbury from deep, a superb offload from Chris Houston near the line, and Runciman finishes nicely.

Hanbury nails the kick at goal, and we're level again.

Warrington 18-12 Widnes

A mini-break from Widnes winger Corey Thompson gives the Vikings some decent field position, but Warrington's Ben Currie snuffs out the threat in spectacular fashion.

The second-rower - playing a centre after Ryan Atkins' first-half injury - dances away from one, two, three, four Widnes players to get back into the field of play.

TRY - Warrington 18-12 Widnes

Brad Dwyer, goal Kurt Gidley

Brad Dwyer

Warrington have been by far the better side since half-time and now they have a lead to show for it.

Hooker Brad Dwyer is over from close range, his quick thinking getting him just enough space from the play-the-ball to dart over the try line.

Can the Wolves make their advantage count now? Or do Widnes have more to give?

Warrington 12-12 Widnes

James Child has had enough of repeat offences from Widnes and gives the Vikings a team warning. Chris Sandow's grubber kick is just about dealt with by Corey Thompson, who kicks behind the in-goal area.

The visitors are rocking a little bit.

Warrington 12-12 Widnes

Golden-point extra-time anyone? That's what we'll get if the scores are level after 80 minutes.

PENALTY - Warrington 12-12 Widnes

Kurt Gidley

This Challenge Cup quarter-final is on a knife-edge.

Warrington get a penalty which they kick to within 20 metres of the Widnes line. The Vikings infringe again, and the hosts decide to take an easy two points.

Kurt Gidley, now looking back to full fitness, slots over to level at 12-12.

Warrington 10-12 Widnes

A big chance missed for Widnes, as Kevin Brown's pass evades Patrick Ah Van, who was ahead of the play.

The big Kiwi-born winger would have been in if he'd have gathered.

Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Joe Mellor makes a break for Widnes, then swirls around like a spinning top trying to find space, but runs into a wall of primrose and blue shirts.

They knock on from the next tackle.

Worrying signs for Warrington as influential playmaker Kurt Gidley is being seen to by the physio. Chris Sandow is carrying a slight knock too. Is it all unravelling for the Wolves?


Warrington 10-12 Widnes

A lengthy delay while video referee Phil Bentham looks at a possible try for Warrington's Ben Currie.

On-field official James Child signalled "no try", deeming Currie had lost control of the ball and Bentham finds nothing to disagree with that view.

Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Warrington, trailing by two points, are in the ascendancy at the start of the second period.

Chris Sandow fancies a dart to the line from close range but is held up by a dogged Widnes defence.

Meanwhile, BBC Sport's touchline reporter Tanya Arnold reports that Warrington's Ryan Atkins is on his way to hospital after receiving a knock to the head in the first half. We wish him well.

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Good game, cup tie feel - bit greasy so a few errors but all to play for second half. One goes through #CCWarWid #rugbyleague #BBC #bbcrl

As the players begin the second half, feel free to get in touch with your thoughts on tonight's game using #bbcrl on Twitter.

Wigan sign Nuuausala

HT: Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Frank-Paul Nuuausala
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Away from the Challenge Cup, there's one big Super League recruit that you may have missed in the past 24 hours.

Frank-Paul Nuuausala has joined Wigan from NRL side Canberra on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 29-year-old New Zealand international, who played for the Kiwis in their 2013 World Cup final defeat by Australia, is expected to link up with the Warriors in the next few weeks.

Saturday's quarter-finals

HT: Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Four more sides will compete for the last two Challenge Cup semi-final spots tomorrow.

Super League leaders Hull FC host fourth-placed Catalans Dragons (13:30 BST) in what is perhaps the pick of the four last-eight ties.

Then at 17:30 BST, Wigan play Castleford in a game you can watch live on BBC Two.

I'll be on duty bringing you live text commentary of both matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

With that in mind, I promise I'll get an early night tonight.

HT: Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Jamie Peacock

Former England captain on BBC Two

The early errors from Widnes were caused by Warrington's aggressive defence. As the Wolves started to drop off, Widnes came back into the game.

Widnes were ineffective for the first 20 minutes and got back into it when Warrington weren't able to defend in the same way.

First-half reaction

HT: Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Warrington half-back Chris Sandow: "Widnes are trying to turn us with their kicking game, so hopefully we can do that to them in the second half. We're overplaying to hand quite a lot but I think we'll settle down in the second half."

Widnes half-back Kevin Brown: "We're happy with parts of that half. We're ahead on the scoreboard but there's plenty to work on. We've made errors on the ball but if we fix that we've got a good chance of winning."


Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Joe Westerman and Lloyd White

Well that first half took a little while to get going, but it's amazing what a couple of quick tries can do.

Warrington led early through Jack Hughes, but Joe Mellor and Matt Whitley crossed in quick succession to put the Vikings in front, and they still lead by two points despite Kevin Penny's score late in the first period.

This quarter-final tie is still right up for grabs.

TRY - Warrington 10-12 Widnes

Kevin Penny

Who ordered some tries before half-time? Winger Kevin Penny is over now for Warrington, touching down a grubber kick in the corner.

Video referee Phil Bentham's happy with the grounding, he's happy that Penny is onside from the kick, and Warrington are back in it.

Warrington 6-12 Widnes

Who saw that coming?

Warrington hadn't particularly looked like stretching their lead, but Widnes hadn't particularly looked like responding to Jack Hughes' early score either.

Two tries in two minutes for the visitors have changed that.

Warrington 6-12 Widnes

Jonathan Davies

Former Widnes and Warrington player on BBC Two

The half-break creates it and they keep their composure. What a couple of minutes for Widnes. Manase Manuokafoa and Whitley have made a huge impact.

TRY - Warrington 6-12 Widnes

Matt Whitley, goal Rhys Hanbury

What a turnaround - Widnes lead!

Warrington were caught on the break and they might have thought the danger was over when hooker Daryl Clark denied Chris Bridge a score against his old club, but it wasn't.

Matt Whitley dives over the line and Rhys Hanbury kicks the goal from straight in front of the posts. The Vikings in dreamland.

TRY - Warrington 6-6 Widnes

Joe Mellor, goal Rhys Hanbury

Out of nothing, Widnes get themselves level.

Joe Mellor pounces on an error from Chris Sandow, who spills the ball 15 metres from his own line.

The Vikings half-back kicks the ball ahead and drops on it over the line - try time.

Two out of two for Warrington

Warrington 6-0 Widnes

Warrington v Widnes

Warrington have won both Super League meetings with Widnes this season.

The Wolves won 28-10 in their home fixture in March, before thumping the Vikings 48-16 on their own ground in April.

Can they make it a hat-trick today?

Warrington 6-0 Widnes

Jonathan Davies

Former Widnes and Warrington player on BBC Two

Warrington are completing their sets, building pressure and keeping Widnes in their own half. That has been the biggest difference so far.

Warrington 6-0 Widnes

We have a stoppage in play as Warrington's Ryan Atkins receives treatment following a knee to the head from Hep Cahill.

It looked accidental - referee James Child says as much - but it's placed on report and it's a penalty for the Wolves.

Warrington 6-0 Widnes

In the greasy conditions, Widnes winger Patrick Ah Van slips over before being tackled and then knocks on from the play-the-ball.

It's not really sparked into life yet, this one.

Warrington 6-0 Widnes

Hello, hello, hello. A bit of a coming together between Warrington's Ryan Atkins and Rhys Hanbury of Widnes.

James Child speaks to both, with no further action, and the re-start is a Widnes penalty 20 metres out.

Joe Mellor's kick on the last tackle is gathered superbly by Kevin Penny, who gets Warrington on the counter quickly.

Warrington 6-0 Widnes

This was the scene at the Halliwell Jones Stadium following a heavy downpour pre-match...

Halliwell Jones Stadium

Will there be a pot of gold for one side at the end of the rainbow? It's Warrington who have made the better start and have an early advantage.

Warrington 6-0 Widnes

How can Widnes respond to that early concession? Well, they get two quick penalties either side of halfway and a chance to attack the Warrington line.

The Vikings get to within 10 metres but Charly Runciman's flick out wide to Patrick Ah Van is intercepted and the home side survive.