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Summary

  1. FT: Hull FC 18-14 Wigan
  2. Hull FC tries: Talanoa, Fonua 2
  3. Wigan tries: Bateman, Gildart, Burgess
  4. Hull retain trophy following Wembley win in 2016

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By Phil Cartwright

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FT: Hull FC 18-14 Wigan

Highlights: Hull beat Wigan to retain the Challenge Cup

Thanks for following BBC Sport's coverage of the 2017 Challenge Cup final.

It was a memorable day for Hull, who retained the famous trophy with an 18-14 win over Wigan at Wembley. Watch the main highlights by clicking on the play button above.

Make sure you join us for the climax to the Super League season over the next few weeks, and of course the World Cup later this year.

Hull FC retain the Challenge Cup

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Missed any of today's game? Catch up with Ged Scott's match report from Wembley...

Mahe Fonua of Hull FC celebrates with Josh Griffin

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Mahe Fonua scores two tries, including a stunning match-winner, as Hull beat Wigan to retain the Challenge Cup.

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More from Hull head coach Lee Radford, talking about the tight turnaround between today's Challenge Cup win and their next Super League match on Thursday...

"That's a tough one. The fixture list came out prior to the semi-finals and both teams knew that one of us was going to play on the Thursday.

"Make no mistake, I'll name the side tomorrow. I think we could have been smarter by putting that game back 48 or 72 hours. It will take a special effort to get a result on Thursday."

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Neil: Not a Wigan fan but that no try by Clubb was crucial.

Paul: Clubb no try was right. No ball steel. Ball carrier's responsibility to keep hold of the ball.

Dean: Never a try for Clubb as he was turning and the natural movement of Tuimavave. Arm did not strip the ball.

Challenge Cup win a dream come true - Sneyd

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More on-field reaction now courtesy of BBC Sport's Matt Newsum, who has been speaking to man of the match Marc Sneyd...

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The Hull celebrations will be going on late into the night, you feel.

Their players are posing for pictures in their dressing room right now.

"This is what you play rugby for and I couldn't be more jealous," says Jon Wilkin in the BBC studio.

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Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC One

Marc Sneyd was excellent, but we really need to mention Liam Watts and Gareth Ellis. Scott Taylor had one of his best games. Hull's middle unit took it to Wigan.

Hull's fortunes changed with the recruitment of Gareth Ellis in 2013. It changed their whole culture.

Sneyd for England?

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In our Red Button forum there's an interesting conversation going on between our BBC pundits about Marc Sneyd and whether, with a World Cup coming up later this year, he should be involved at international level with England.

Maybe that's another discussion topic for you to get stuck into...

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Adam: Wow. What a final. Absolutely phenomenal stuff from Marc Sneyd, a well-deserved Lance Todd winner.

Matt: Much happier to see Hull lift the Challenge Cup this year.

Sarah: Congratulations Hull FC. Worthy champions of a fantastic game, I'm exhausted just watching it.

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'Incredible' Challenge Cup win - Houghton

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BBC Sport's Matt Newsum spoke to Hull's Danny Houghton straight after the full-time whistle...

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Hull winger Mahe Fonua, who scored two tries: "I'm really pleased with today's result. We had a monkey on our backs last year with never winning at Wembley but I'm pleased to be a part of two back-to-back wins."

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BBC One's coverage has finished, but stick with us...

There's a Red Button forum about to begin, which you can watch by clicking on the play button at the top of the page.

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Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach on BBC One

Ultimately the difference between the two teams was the Lance Todd Trophy winner, Marc Sneyd. He kicked smartly and Wigan couldn't match that.

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Jamie Peacock

Former England captain on BBC One

Credit to both sides. Hull edged it. They have a game plan that works for them and they built pressure with their kicking.

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So what did you make of that? Hull are Challenge Cup winners again.

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Hull lift the Challenge Cup

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Hoodoo? What Wembley hoodoo?

Hull were known for never winning at the national stadium. Now they've done it twice in 12 months.

They're getting used to that victorious walk up to the collect the trophy.

Gareth Ellis, in his final year as a professional before retiring, lifts the famous cup to loud cheers from those who have travelled down from east Yorkshire.

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Wigan head coach Shaun Wane: "I thought we had a chance but I'm not sure if we deserved it. We weren't good enough in the second half. We needed to put them under pressure and we didn't. Hull are rightly the winners today."

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Wigan's players are dragging their bruised bodies up the famous steps - unfortunately for those in cherry and white, they're going up as runners-up.

What an effort they gave.

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Hull head coach Lee Radford: "I said at half-time that these boys don't give in and they didn't disappoint. The boys gave everything. Phenomenal effort."

Man of the match Marc Sneyd: "We've earned it and no one can take this away from us. We've won it two years on the bounce with the toughest route so nobody can take days like this away."

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Watch BBC One coverage by clicking on the play button at the top of the page for reaction to Hull's victory at Wembley.

I'll be here until 18:00 BST to follow the celebrations.

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What a game. What a finish. But Hull have done it. An amazing achievement for the Black and Whites, who have retained the Challenge Cup.

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Joe Burgess dives over in the corner! Unfortunately for him and Wigan, referee Phil Bentham had called it back for a forward pass.

That must be the last chance.

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Hull make 80 metres with their set of six. Wigan have less than two minutes to score a try.

Meanwhile, Hull's Marc Sneyd is confirmed as the man of the match. He's won the Lance Todd Trophy for the second year in a row.

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Wigan within inches. George Williams held up a yard short of the line on the last tackle. Great scramble defence from Hull.

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John Kear

Wales coach on BBC One

On a second tackle!? Why did he kick that? There's no need. The Hull defence was absolutely shot and scrambling. That may have cost Wigan the Challenge Cup.

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Oh, is that the chance missed for Wigan?

They worked the ball out wide beautifully, but Joe Burgess kicked on the second tackle when running it was surely the best option.

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Now then! Joe Burgess crosses in the corner and Wigan are back to within four points of Hull, who are six minutes away from successfully defending the Challenge Cup.

Joe Burgess scores
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Lowest final crowd at the new Wembley

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Matt Newsum

BBC Sport at Wembley

The official attendance has just been announced in the press box and it's 68,525.

Don't get me wrong, that's a lot of people, but it's still the lowest Challenge Cup final tally since the return to the national stadium in 2007.

That said, the Rugby Football League are no longer automatically counting Club Wembley subscriptions among that number so that is one mitigating circumstance.

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It is pinpointed before the match as a key component for both sides, but Wigan's highest quality with the boot has just deserted them on the big occasion.

Thomas Leuluai sends a low kick in search of the onrushing Liam Marshall, but it's overhit and out of play.

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The afternoon's efforts are beginning to take their effects on both sets of players. The pace has noticeably slowed, but that isn't lessening the drama.

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Hull FC right wing Mahe Fonua (2) catches the high ball and lays it off
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Fifteen minutes remaining. Eight points in it. Hull have been dominant after half-time but Wigan are still within touching distance.

Wigan try ruled out

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After a lengthy delay for the video referee's judgement, Wigan's Tony Clubb is denied a Wembley try.

Did Clubb lose the ball in the act of grounding it? Did Carlos Tuimavave steal it illegally? A contentious call.

Hull try ruled out

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For a few short moments, Mahe Fonua thought he'd completed a Challenge Cup final hat-trick.

But no. It's ruled out for an obstruction earlier in the move. Hull, who have controlled this second half, still lead by eight points.

Watch: Mahe Fonua's second try

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Here's the moment that may have swayed the Challenge Cup final in Hull's direction...

Mahe Fonua capitalises on sustained pressure to touch down and extend his side's lead to 18-10.

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Robin: The Black and Whites are starting to turn the screw now. Next score will be crucial.

Chris: Fonua with a great effort to increase Hull's lead. I'm loving every second of it.

Steven: Hull are playing like cup winners here. Marc Sneyd is running the show. He could kick a ball to the moon, that lad.

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Wigan's Liam Marshall, a late inclusion because of Tom Davies' injury, loses his footing trying to gather a Marc Sneyd kick and then, having picked it up, spills the ball.

Not his best 10 seconds.

Hull cough up possession almost straight away though.

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Matt Newsum

BBC Sport at Wembley

Fail to quell Albert Kelly at your peril, because twice now he's come up with an offload to keep the ball alive and Hull have conjured up tries from them.

There's an unstoppable wall of noise from their fans in black and white. It's booming in here, while at pitchside it is absolutely baking. Who can manage the fatigue best?

One word of caution, though. Warrington looked unassailable here 12 months ago after an hour. We all know how that turned out...

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What have you got left then, Wigan?

Tony Clubb is back on the field, and it's worth mentioning his incredible journey to Wembley.

He had a kidney removed midway through the season, but was back playing within nine weeks of his operation.

'Kelly produces x-factor move'

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Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach on BBC One

Great decision to run the ball instead of kicking on that last play when we were expecting it. I'm sure the Wigan players were. Albert Kelly produces the X-factor and Mahe Fonua finishes. Magnificent.

Mahe Fonua celebrates
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