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Summary

  1. Warrington 26-27 Wigan
  2. Burgess (2), Marshall & Bateman tries for Warriors
  3. Atkins (2), Savelio & Gidley respond for Warrington
  4. Both teams struggling in this year's Super League
  5. Live on BBC One, Radio 5 live and BBC local radio

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By Josh Hunt

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Until tomorrow...

FT: Warrington 26-27 Wigan

Declan Patton
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It wasn't always a pretty game, but Wigan and Warrington provided us with one of the most exciting finishes to a rugby league game you could ever wish to see.

A reminder that the Rugby League Forum will continue on this page for another 15 minutes, so stick around for even more reaction the match.

I'll be back for the last of the quarter-finals on Sunday, as Hull FC host Castleford Tigers at 15:00 BST.

Thanks for joining me today. Until tomorrow, goodbye.

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FT: Warrington 26-27 Wigan

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The Forum will carry on until 17:35, so there's plenty more reaction to come.

FT: Warrington 26-27 Wigan

Warrington head coach Tony Smith on BBC Red Button:

"We were very close in a couple of ways but I suppose when you look back over the game a few of those errors have cost us.

"The spirit was there, they had a real crack, some of my boys were carrying some stuff there. Character-wise, I can't be critical."

On Declan Patton's late miss: "It's all part of the learning process and that's how you become a great player of the future. He'll get better from it, he did some really good things for us today."

'I couldn't watch'

FT: Warrington 26-27 Wigan

Wigan forward John Bateman on BBC One:

"I was watching the screen, I didn't even want to watch the kick.

"That was one of the best feelings ever."

FT: Warrington 26-27 Wigan

You might never see a more exciting finish than that.

Patton was only 10 metres out when he attempted his drop-kick, but he couldn't quite get his angles right under pressure.

Wigan's hopes of a 20th Challlenge Cup triumph live on.

Full time: Warrington 26-27 Wigan

Patton's last second drop-kick sails wide

Declan Patton gets the chance to tie the scores right at the death, but his drop-kick sails agonisingly wide.

Wigan, by the slimmest of margins, are into the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

It's heartbreak for Warrington.

Ratchford misses the kick

Warrington 26-27 Wigan

Stefan Ratchford's kick has the distance, but it drifts to the left of the posts.

Warrington will get one more chance the goal-line drop-out.

Warrington 26-27 Wigan

This is incredible.

Wigan kick the ball out on the full from the restart, giving Warrington a penalty from the half-way line...

TRY - Warrington 26-27 Wigan

Kurt Gidley

Gidley try raises hope for Warrington

And score they do!

Kurt Gidley sells a dummy and dives over the line to keep Warrington's hopes alive.

Declan Patton kicks the extra two points.

Warrington 20-27 Wigan

Warrington have to score here.

Joe Burgess is trapped in goal, giving Wolves chance to attack from the goal-line drop-out.

DROP-GOAL - Warrington 20-27 Wigan

Sam Tomkins

This could prove crucial.

Sam Tomkins kicks a drop-goal to extend the Wigan lead to seven points, with Ashton Sims just unable to close the Wigan full-back down.

It looks like being the Warriors' day.

Warrington 20-26 Wigan

Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum knocks on after being tackled a couple of metres out, and Warrington still have hope.

Wigan start a set of six from the half-way line, after Ryan Atkins is penalised for a challenge on Liam Marshall.

Warrington 20-26 Wigan

Can Warrington fight back for a third time?

The hosts have never led in this game, and at the moment they're having to defend again.

Wigan are 10 minutes away from the semi-finals.

TRY - Warrington 20-26 Wigan

John Bateman

Bateman restores Wigan's lead

Unbelievable.

Moments after Warrington get back on level terms, John Bateman runs through a poor challenge to restore Wigan's lead.

George Williams stays perfect with his kicking to get the advantage up to six points.

PENALTY - Warrington 20-20 Wigan

Declan Patton

He couldn't miss from there.

Declan Patton takes his time and coolly draws Warrington level.

Warrington 18-20 Wigan

A handling error from Ashton Sims looks to have put an end to Warrington's attack, but the hosts recover and flip the ball out to the left-hand side to Tom Lineham.

Lineham's kick-and-chase looks like it will be unsuccessful, but Liam Marshall is penalised for obstruction.

And now, another penalty goes against the visitors. Warrington will go for the two points...

Warrington 18-20 Wigan

Tony Smith
SWpix.com

It was a Joe Burgess knock-on which set Warrington up for that Andre Savelio try, and another penalty puts the visitors under pressure again.

This time, Wigan survive the attack, but the momentum has shifted back in favour of Tony Smith's side.

TRY - Warrington 18-20 Wigan

Andre Savelio

Savelio scores great team try

Warrington are right back in it!

The hosts move the ball with pace and finesse, eventually setting up Andre Savelio to dart over the line.

It's a great team try, and with Declan Patton kicking the two points, it's a try which gets Wolves back within two points of Wigan.

Warrington 12-20 Wigan

Warrington can't take advantage of the penalty, as a forward pass nullifies the attacking threat.

Having started the half so badly, Wolves are matching Wigan again, but they're finding it very difficult to pick apart the Warriors' defensive line.

Warrington 12-20 Wigan

Warrington have fought back from 12 points behind to get back on terms in this game before, and now they face another uphill struggle.

Yet another Wigan penalty allows the hosts to build an attack from close to the Warriors goal-line.

PENALTY - Warrington 12-Wigan 20

George Williams

A perfect 40/20 kick from Sam Powell sets Wigan up deep inside Warrington territory, before Ryan Sutton is held down directly in front of the Wolves goalposts.

Wigan elect to kick the two points, and George Williams makes no mistake.

Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Warrington
SWPIX.COM

Warrington have started this second half in much the same fashion as they did the first, with far too many errors being made.

At the moment though, Wigan are making just enough mistakes of their own to keep the hosts within six points.

Another Warriors penalty sees them waste good territory, with a scrum awarded to the hosts.

Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Warrington have some defending to do after Jack Hughes is penalised for a nasty block on Joe Burgess.

Wigan again look to attack down the left, but the move comes to an end with a forward pass.

Kick-off

Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Back under way for the second half.

Who will make it into the final four?

WATCH: Marshall puts Wigan back in front

Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Parity didn't last long though, as a potent blend of poor defence and a missed forward pass allowed Liam Marshall to restore Wigan's lead.

Marshall puts Wigan back in front

WATCH: Atkins scores twice for Warrington

HT: Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Right, let's recap where things stand at half-time.

Joe Burgess scored twice to put Wigan 12-0 up, but Ryan Atkins jumped like a salmon to get Warrington back in contention...

Atkins scores first try for Warrington

...before he linked up with Declan Patton once again to pull the hosts level.

Atkins scores second try for Warrington

Tigers settle Solomona case

Denny Solomona
Getty Images

Before we get back to all things Challenge Cup, some big rugby league news to bring you that has nothing to do with on-field matters.

On Friday, Castleford's lengthy legal dispute with former winger Denny Solomona, rugby union side Sale and agent Andrew Clarke came to an end, with Tigers accepting a settlement "in excess of £200,000", along with legal costs of around £100,000.

You can read much more on that story by clicking here.

Feeling hot hot hot

HT: Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Weather
BBC

A brief look at the weather forecast in Warrington... warm.

So how do players deal with this?

"You have to just make sure you have good game management," Wigan's Liam Farrell told BBC One at half-time.

"You'll see the game slow down now and there'll be fewer opportunities, let's hope we get on the end of them."

Half-time: Warrington 12-18 Wigan

After an error-strewn opening 20 minutes, we have a cracking game of rugby league on our hands.

Two tries from Joe Burgess and one from Liam Marshall have 19-time champions Wigan ahead at the break, but Ryan Atkins' two tries have kept Warrington in contention.

Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Liam Marshall has just put Wigan ahead, and now he's preserved their lead with an outstanding tackle.

Tom Lineham looks like he's about to go over in the left-hand corner for Warrington, but Marshall recovers brilliantly to force the winger into touch.

TRY - Warrington 12-18 Wigan

Liam Marshall

Marshall puts Wigan back in front

Wigan are ahead again, but they shouldn't be.

Liam Marshall takes a pass from Anthony Gelling which clearly goes forward, before brushing off a weak Ryan Atkins challenge to go over the line.

It's a good finish from the young winger, but Warrington will consider themselves unfortunate.

George Williams again adds the two extra points.

Warrington 12-12 Wigan

We'd hoped that the Challenge Cup might bring out the best in these two teams, and we might be getting something close to that now after a scrappy start.

Warrington are clearly in the ascendancy as the game approaches half-time.

TRY - Warrington 12-12 Wigan

Ryan Atkins

Atkins scores second try for Warrington

Another Wigan penalty, this time for failing to retreat 10 metres, sets up a Warrington attack inside their opponents' half.

The hosts take full advantage, as Declan Patton's perfectly-weighted grubber kick finds its way to Ryan Atkins, who has his second try of the afternoon.

Patton adds the two points that level the scores.

Try for Warrington?

Warrington 6-12 Wigan

Is Ryan Atkins over for a second try? It's going to be reviewed...

Warrington 6-12 Wigan

Kevin Brown
SWpix.com

Warrington stand-off Kevin Brown was in line to start today, but pulled up in the warm-up and was replaced by Declan Patton.

He spoke Tanya Arnold on BBC One a few moments before Joe Burgess went over for his second try: "I tore something a couple of weeks ago in the bottom of my foot.

"I went to the doctors yesterday and thought I could get the injection and play through. It's disappointing but Declan Patton's a great player so hopefully he can get the job done."

TRY - Warrington 6-12 Wigan

Ryan Atkins

Atkins scores first try for Warrington

What a response from Warrington!

Ryan Atkins times his leap perfectly to beat two Wigan defenders to Declan Patton's high kick, and he has the hosts' first try.

Patton kicks the simple conversion.

Warrington 0-12 Wigan

It's been pretty close as far as possession and territory are concerned, but Wigan have shown a cutting edge inside their opponents' half that Warrington have lacked.

Liam Marshall has a glorious opportunity to increase the lead, but he knocks on Thomas Leuluai's grubber kick, with a try inevitable had he pulled the ball into his grasp.

WATCH: Burgess scores opening try

Warrington 0-12 Wigan

Burgess scores opening try for Wigan

Well that was a cracking second try by Joe Burgess, but take a look at his first one after a swift break from the visitors.

Warrington 0-12 Wigan

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales rugby league international on BBC One

"That's a great finish. He realises he's not going to stay in play if he stays on his feet.

There's not much difference in the stats. Wigan have had two opportunities and been clinical."

TRY - Warrington 0-12 Wigan

Joe Burgess

Burgess scores magnificent fingertip try

That is a wonderful finish from Joe Burgess.

Two magnificent offloads allow Wigan to shift the ball out to the left once again when they looked to have been stopped, with Burgess taking the final pass and dving over to ground the ball with one hand.

George Williams again adds the extras.