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Summary

  1. Wigan tries: Flower, Bateman, Manfredi, penalty try, Clubb
  2. Ferres with Huddersfield try
  3. Wigan to face Leeds or St Helens on 10 October

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By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    FT: Wigan 32-8 Huddersfield

    We now know one of the finalists destined for Old Trafford on Saturday, 10 October - Wigan Warriors - after a demolition of Huddersfield on home turf.

    Two more games remain of the Super League season, join us tomorrow for the penultimate encounter between Leeds and St Helens from 19:30 BST.

    Until then, thanks for your company. Goodbye.

  2. One down... one to go

    Friday: Leeds Rhinos v St Helens

    So Wigan are assured of their place in the Grand Final after a remarkably dominant performance against Huddersfield, who failed to match their regular-season consistency.

    It would be a huge surprise if Leeds v St Helens followed the same one-sided pattern.

    Both teams have tasted victory in this fixture this term - Leeds notably in the Challenge Cup semi-finals, while Saints brought the Rhinos crashing back to earth after their Wembley joy in the Super 8s.

    Saints have won five Grand Finals to Leeds' six. Only one of the two has the chance to extend their record.

    You can follow that game with us here on BBC Sport, and listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Merseyside.

    St Helens and Leeds
  3. Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson told Sky Sports...

    FT: Wigan 32-8 Huddersfield

    "We've done alright but that's not good enough.

    "We're not happy with coming here and getting beaten again, there's no point me telling you we're going to learn from it.

    "We got bullied tonight, and we have to work on that in pre-season because we can't keep allowing that to happen.

    "Actually starting well in games will help us, we never gave ourselves a chance.

    "I think Wigan were too good for us, we never got out of the blocks and they were good for the scoreline."

  4. Wigan coach Shaun Wane told Sky Sports...

    FT: Wigan 32-8 Huddersfield

    "I'm really pleased with the effort of the players. I thought we defended well but I don't think we were that good with the ball.

    "We need to improve - the two teams playing tomorrow are very good.

    "This was a big one, against a really good team who can defend. Next week it's an easy week. We know what we need to do and say in our processes.

    "Going to Old Trafford there's no point not winning, it's not good enough, we've got to go there and perform."

  5. FT: Wigan 32-8 Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: Absolutely dominant, Wigan tonight. They have just been white hot. It's going to take an unbelievable team to beat them.
  6. Post update

    FT: Wigan 32-8 Huddersfield

    Remarkable achievement for Wigan and Shaun Wane to make a third consecutive Grand Final.

    Wane, in particular, deserves great credit for nurturing a young, home-grown squad and taking on the work of Michael Maguire.

    Good English coaches at all four teams in the top four. A fillip for our great sport.

  7. TRY (Clubb, goal Bowen)

    Wigan 32-8 Huddersfield

    Wigan feast on tired defence to release the barnstorming Tony Clubb to cross to the right of the sticks. Matty Bowen kicks the goal. Wigan rampant.

  8. Wigan 26-8 Huddersfield

    I doubt Leeds or St Helens will be enjoying watching this.

    Ruthless execution.

    Matty Smith kicks for touch. Wigan sense blood.

  9. Wigan 26-8 Huddersfield

    Scott Grix gets there in the nick of time to deny Wigan another try through the onrushing Liam Farrell.

    No switching off even at this late stage.

    Penalty goes Huddersfield's way but they are being suffocated in attack.

    Story of the game. Even Leroy Cudjoe watches agonisingly as his pass floats into touch, along with their Grand Final hopes.

  10. Wigan 26-8 Huddersfield

    Matty Bowen

    Wigan's Matty Bowen could be celebrating a double triumph this autumn.

    His current club are destined for the Super League Grand Final on 10 October, while his old club North Queensland Cowboys take on Brisbane in Sunday's NRL Grand Final.

    You can hear that one from 09:15 BST on BBC 5 live sports extra on Sunday.

  11. Wigan 26-8 Huddersfield

    Another Giants set ends with ball being turned over and Wigan bring the ball away from their own 40 metres.

    Wigan in the Grand Final for three years in a row if they see this out. Will Saints or Leeds be joining them? There'll be fireworks, whoever it is.

  12. Wigan 26-8 Huddersfield

    Last 10 minutes now.

    Wigan defuse the danger with Matty Bowen 'diving on the grenades'.

    Namesake Smith drills a kick into touch. Turning the Giants round and eating up the clock.

    Smart play. Smart enough for England play? Wonder is Steve McNamara is watching?

  13. TRY (Ferres, goal Brough)

    Wigan 26-8 Huddersfield

    Brett Ferres sticks to what he is good at which is playing on the edges and getting over for a try. Huddersfield needed that.

    Great angle from the Danny Brough pass. Bounced off the post pad on his way through too.

    Can the Giants prove this man wrong when he said it was over? That's the right way to go about it.

  14. Wigan 26-2 Huddersfield

    Brett Ferres is an extremely gifted rugby league player but not the man you want trying to poke a grubber through.

    His kick bobbles into touch and Wigan get the scrum head and feed.

  15. PENALTY (Bowen)

    Wigan 26-2 Huddersfield

    Matty Bowen

    Matty Bowen obliges. 26-2. Wigan are now four converted scores ahead.

  16. Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    Erm... Wigan possession was actually what came next.

    Been a relatively quiet night for George Williams, a running half-back who hasn't had the space to set off on a jinky run.

    Wigan stifling the Giants and then causing havoc with a Matty Smith kick. The Huddersfield players are struggling to cope.

    The penalty goes the home side's way and Matty Bowen is to go for two.

    This goal - inevitable - will sink the hearts of those Giants players, coaches and fans.

  17. Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    Penalty, penalty... what usually comes next? Let's see if it rings true for the Giants here!

  18. Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    Another drop out. What can Huddersfield conjure up here? Something special maybe from Leroy Cudjoe?

  19. Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: I thought it would be a one-score game - I was half-tipping Huddersfield. But with the mistakes and the penalties - you can't do that in big games. You've got to be squeaky clean in big games.
  20. Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    Wigan will drop out after Aaron Murphy forces Dom Manfredi back behind his own line.

    Giants to get a set of six...

  21. Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    Sounds daft to write off a team with more than a quarter of the match to play but Huddersfield have had little or no momentum to play with.

    When they have found a gap to strike, Wigan have pulled ranks to nullify the threat.

    I had Giants as my tip to win the competition a week ago. Adamant. At this moment, my career as a clairvoyant is officially over.

  22. Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: It's like CSI, or Poirot, or Sherlock Holmes. Answer the question, video ref. Give it or don't give it.

    That decision took almost three minutes to make. They're nothing, if not thorough, these video referees...

  23. PENALTY TRY (goal Bowen)

    Wigan 24-2 Huddersfield

    John Bateman

    Scott Grix tries to deny John Bateman a try with a trip, and Ben Thaler deems the act sufficient for a penalty try after the Wigan centre fails to ground.

    The position came from a great break by Joe Burgess, after Wigan held out Huddersfield in front of their own sticks.

    Matty Bowen provides the extra two points from the tee. Game over surely?

  24. Wigan 18-2 Huddersfield

    Where do Huddersfield go from here? Back across the M62 with nothing to show if they don't sort themselves out.

    Wigan have kept them at arms length for much of this game.

    Jermaine McGillvary gets the penalty after the ball is stolen with two in the tackle. A glimmer of hope for Huddersfield?

  25. Wigan 18-2 Huddersfield

    Darrell Goulding

    Ex-Wigan centre, BBC Radio Manchester

    Quote Message: As soon as the ball went into Dom Manfredi's hands, there was only one result. He can finish, whatever situation you put him in.
  26. TRY (Manfredi, goal Bowen)

    Wigan 18-2 Huddersfield

    Dom Manfredi

    Well, credit to Dom Manfredi. A fine finish after a slick move to the right.

    The ball was moved out to him on the flank and he cut back inside to touch down despite pressure. On the back of that penalty too.

    Matty Bowen strokes over the goal to add the extras and Wigan edge closer to Old Trafford with a key try.

  27. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    On the back of all that pressure? Wigan get the penalty.

    That will frustrate Paul Anderson.

  28. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Iestyn Harris

    Former Salford coach, BBC Radio Leeds

    Quote Message: It was a poor pass from Jamie Ellis, which slowed the play down and gave the defence an opportunity to get to Jermaine McGillvary. But certainly encouraging signs from the Giants.
  29. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Jermaine McGillvary denied in the corner by impressive Wigan scramble defence.

    Much more positive from Huddersfield but Wigan defensively were so solid.

    It came after Brett Ferres held up by Liam Farrell with Giants trying to batter the cherry and white wall down.

  30. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Better from Huddersfield as they make way down the left and then they get the penalty. It's tapped and the Giants are in a hurry.

  31. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Ball sails into touch as Wigan try to work the edges and it gives Giants a scrum head and feed on halfway.

  32. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Darrell Goulding

    Ex-Wigan centre, BBC Radio Manchester

    Quote Message: Danny Brough is one of the best kickers in the game, he's put some height on it, Matty Bowen has had some problems in some big games with that and they're putting no pressure on it.
  33. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Neither side imposing themselves with these early sets.

    Huddersfield put it up high from Danny Brough but Matty Bowen gathers unopposed, a second before he's bulldozed by the kicker himself.

    Break as he gingerly gets to his feet. Tough fella, the Queenslander they call 'Mango'.

    Matty Bowen
  34. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Joe Burgess soars to take Danny Brough's kick. No flutter of nerves from the Warriors winger.

    Wigan bring the ball away from their own sticks.

  35. Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Jermaine McGillvary takes a carry for Giants. So important he and Aaron Murphy share the workload.

  36. Second half starts

    Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Wigan restart and Giants get the ball.

  37. Post update

    HT: Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Right. Here we go again.

  38. Who's put their hand up so far?

    HT: Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    From an England perspective, John Bateman certainly has.

    There's a wealth of back-row options, not to mention some top candidates in the centres too, but Bateman has shown himself to be adept at both.

    Great finish for the try.

    Generally, Wigan's forwards have been excellent. There was a spell where Giants could barely lay a finger on them as they were marched down field on every carry.

    Still, a lot can happen in 40 minutes. One of these teams has it in their destiny to book an Old Trafford trip. How exciting is that?

  39. Familiar foes face-off on Friday

    St Helens and Leeds

    If tonight's game doesn't whet the appetite then perhaps tomorrow's meeting of old Grand Final foes Leeds Rhinos and St Helens will.

    The two most successful clubs of the summer era, with six and five wins apiece, go head-to-head at Headingley for a place in the showpiece final on 10 October.

    Saints won the competition last season beating rivals Wigan while Leeds' last visit came in 2012 with victory against Warrington.

    You can listen to the game on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Leeds or BBC Radio Merseyside and follow it here on BBC Sport.

  40. Don't anger Baloo

    HT: Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Paul Anderson

    Paul Anderson, known in the game as Baloo, is as animated as any rugby league coach up in the stands, as a number of smashed plastic bottles will testify.

    However the dressing room cameras show he's a calm customer when faced with his players in the sheds.

    His coaching skills, proven this season, will be called into play during this break. His team needs to find a foothold and cause Wigan some problems.

  41. Tale of the half

    HT: Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Wigan Warriors

    Wigan's dominance is reflected in the scoreboard at the DW Stadium, where tries from Ben Flower and John Bateman, added to two goals by Matty Bowen put the home side 12-0 up with seconds to play.

    Danny Brough's goal ensured Giants avoid the big '0' at half-time, but they have struggled to impose themselves and release the powerful backline that has proved key to their third place finish in Super League this season.

  42. HT: Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Ben Flower
    Quote Message: It could have been 18-2 or 20-2, Wigan have been that dominant. While there's a lot of work for Huddersfield to do to turn it around, they are capable of it. But I just think the determination of the Wigan team is there for everyone to see and I can't see them blinking.
  43. HT: Wigan 12-2 Huddersfield

    Danny Brough sinks the kick with ease and Huddersfield have something on the board at the break.

    No prizes for guessing the happier of the coaches. Wigan lead by 10 points.

  44. Wigan 12-0 Huddersfield

    Giants get a penalty and with the hooter gone, Danny Brough will kick for goal.

  45. Wigan 12-0 Huddersfield

    Somehow Wigan hold up Jermaine McGillvary. So close for Giants!

  46. Wigan 12-0 Huddersfield

    Unselfish that from Dom Manfredi, who scored four in the win against Castleford last week and immaculately finished by John Bateman.

    He's making a lot of friends at the moment! (Although not in the away end...)

    Huddersfield not out of it but at the moment there's not a massive amount of encouragement for them. They have struggled to break the line so far as we close in on the break.

  47. Wigan 12-0 Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: Wigan kept the ball alive, kept offloading, the ball went up and Dom Manfredi got so high to catch the ball. He kept it alive like a basketballer and found John Bateman, who was too strong.
  48. TRY (Bateman)

    Wigan 12-0 Huddersfield

    John Bateman

    John Bateman and Dom Manfredi combine in the corner from a Matty Smith kick to ease across in the corner.

    Aaron Murphy couldn't get up higher than Manfredi, who had the presence of mind to feed Bateman, and he had the strength to force his way over the stripe.

    Matty Bowen is unable to convert but the try ticks the scoreboard on further in Wigan's favour. Are they Grand Final-bound? Still plenty of footy to play.

  49. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    John Bateman gets a penalty for interference at the ruck and Wigan punt it out for a tap inside the Giants' half.

  50. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Aaron Murphy

    Given how potent the attacks of both sides are, it's a testament to the intensity of the defence we've only had eight points so far.

    Joe Burgess and Jermaine McGillvary have 50 tries between them so far this season, but the only score of the game came from a prop forward in Ben Flower.

    One for the purists!

  51. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Refreshing to see throughout this season that Jack Hughes and Larne Patrick have been allowed to play against their parent clubs after loans between Wigan and Huddersfield.

    Hughes has become a key figure in the Giants pack during his temporary spell and will be a miss when he joins Warrington next season.

  52. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: Great play from Huddersfield. They've decided not to kick the ball - they've handed the ball over one metre from the line and given Wigan the challenge of six plays to clear their line.
  53. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    It's catching. Or not, so to speak. Sean O'Loughlin knocks on and the Giants get some possession.

    The ball is worked to the right and then left, but Jake Connor is tackled by John Bateman.

    Brett Ferres tries to batter his way through but the ball is turned over on the last inside Wigan's 10.

  54. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Wigan v Huddersfield

    Huddersfield's execution is letting them down at the moment. They seem a little caught between minds at times. Pass or not to pass? That hesitation is not helping.

    They've brought on a new front-row, can they lay the platform?

    Wigan were certainly bossing the ruck early on.

  55. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Tony Clubb almost bashed his way over for Wigan. Good defence from the visitors.

    Then on the last a kick is dabbed through but Jermaine McGillvary watches it dead.

    Tap on the 20 for Giants who then get a penalty for offside.

  56. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Wigan have rotated the front row with big powerhouse Tony Clubb on. The Giants are preparing Eorl Crabtree in response.

    Back in the action, Huddersfield's Leroy Cudjoe tackles Matty Bowen in the air on a last tackle play to give Wigan a chance to find touch and field position.

    Swinging end to end at the moment.

  57. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Jake Connor unable to take the ball in close to the Wigan line after Danny Brough delayed the pass.

    Wigan get the ball back but they've been pegged back inside their own 10 by ferocious defence.

    Game on now!

  58. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Matty Bowen taps the ball dead to concede a goal line drop out. Scott Grix with the kick that bobbled awkwardly.

    Huddersfield starting to bare their teeth finally.

  59. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Great leg drive by Dom Crosby, on his 100th career appearance.

    Knock on called against Wigan on the next carry, though, and the Giants get head and feed.

  60. Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Iestyn Harris

    Former Salford coach, BBC Radio Leeds

    Quote Message: It's a philosophy of the club. When you get to those important games, you should take the two points and keep that scoreboard ticking over.
  61. PENALTY (Bowen)

    Wigan 8-0 Huddersfield

    Matty Bowen

    Matty Bowen makes no mistake from inside the 20, just to the right of the sticks. Wigan extend the lead.

  62. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Joe Wardle coughs up the penalty and Matty Bowen has called for the tee for Wigan.

  63. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    First time we've seen Huddersfield threaten, good break by Scott Grix got them downfield.

    Close-quarters passing and handling proves their downfall in the end, as Craig Kopczak's pass to Jamie Ellis was spilled.

    Better, though, from the visitors but they concede a penalty on the resulting Wigan set for offside.

    They need to sharpen up discipline here. Penalty, penalty, try is how it normally goes.

  64. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Wigan are making metres with every carry, rolling Huddersfield back.

    Scott Grix fielded a Matty Bowen kick on his own line, but Wigan then concede a penalty to give some respite and a chance to find field position.

  65. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: Wigan are just hot and Huddersfield have got to hold their nerve. A few problems early in this game for them to solve.
  66. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Michael McIlorum loses the ball in the tackle to ease some pressure on the Huddersfield line.

    What can the Giants do here? Knock on, that's what. Even Danny Brough hasn't got his radar on.

    Wigan scrum just inside their own half.

  67. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Wigan have come out all guns blazing.

    They've got a mobile pack and lots of strong carriers.

    Then a kick from John Bateman on the last forces a drop out. Huddersfield are rocking at the moment.

  68. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Almost back-to-back scores from Wigan down Huddersfield's left edge but they couldn't release the pass after great work by Olly Gildart and George Williams.

  69. Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Iestyn Harris

    Former Salford coach, BBC Radio Leeds

    Ben Flower
    Quote Message: Brilliant try by Wigan. Just now and again, they drop the inside ball and it catches the opposition unawares. That's certainly what they did there.
  70. TRY (Flower, goal Bowen)

    Wigan 6-0 Huddersfield

    Ben Flower

    Ben Flower took a reverse pass from Matty Smith on a fine line and left the Huddersfield defence so flat-footed to power through for a first try for Wigan.

    It all came on the back of Aaron Murphy's error which forced a drop out. The Giants winger didn't have his foot in touch when he touched a Matty Bowen grubber 'dead' and Wigan punished the error.

    The home side roar ahead.

  71. Wigan 0-0 Huddersfield

    Oliver Gildart might have run it out a moment ago but fronts up to force Leroy Cudjoe in touch.

    He's got an eye for a try, too, that young Wigan centre. Full of confidence.

  72. Wigan 0-0 Huddersfield

    Darrell Goulding

    Ex-Wigan centre, BBC Radio Manchester

    Quote Message: By running it, Wigan are trying to bring the winger up and give the edge defence something to thing about.
  73. Wigan 0-0 Huddersfield

    Huddersfield look to push the ball wide early on and gain good ground in the first set.

    Danny Brough peppers Matty Bowen but the Warriors full-back takes it neatly.

    Wigan try to run it on the last on the responding set but Oliver Gildart is forced into touch.

  74. Kick-off

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    We're off. Wigan get us under way, first touch of the ball for Huddersfield.

  75. Teams out

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    DW Stadium

    Fireworks and a raucous crowd greet the players on the way out of the tunnel.

    DW looks absolutely packed out. We're almost there.

  76. Team news reminder

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Wigan Warriors: Bowen; Manfredi, Bateman, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Smith; Crosby, McIlorum, Flower, Tomkins, Farrell, O'Loughlin.

    Replacements: Powell, Clubb, Mossop, Patrick.

    Huddersfield Giants: Grix; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Connor, Murphy; Brough, Ellis; Kopczak, Robinson, Huby, Wardle, Hughes, Ferres.

    Replacements: Crabtree, Bailey, Lawrence, Ta'ai.

    Referee: Ben Thaler

  77. Two minute warning

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Two to go. Then we're off.

    Butterflies kicking in yet? Yeah, me too.

    Whatever you think of the new format this season, it's definitely ignited the excitement.

  78. Pre-match thoughts

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Quote Message: We've been there and won there before, so going to Wigan and winning is not strange to us. We've just got to remind ourselves of that feeling and what it takes to do that. from Paul Anderson Huddersfield Giants coach
    Paul AndersonHuddersfield Giants coach
  79. England's new-look wing pair?

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Joe Burgess and Jermaine McGillvary

    One of the most intriguing match-ups tonight will be the battle between 27-try Super League top scorer Jermaine McGillvary on the Giants wing and Wigan's Joe Burgess, who has 23 scores.

    Both made the Super League Dream Team earlier this week, edging Leeds flier Ryan Hall and the prolific Tom Lineham from Hull to take the two wing berths.

    The incentive now is to impress England head coach Steve McNamara enough to win a place in the squad for the three-Test series with New Zealand next month.

  80. What do you make of those teams?

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    John Bateman back in the centres for Wigan? Surprising given how natural he's looked in the back-row. Still a big threat.

    As for Huddersfield, their backline is magnificent but they've got to win the battle up front.

    Surprised also to see Ukuma Ta'ai on the bench, he's a real weapon.

  81. Pre-match thoughts

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Quote Message: It's very even. Huddersfield are a huge team and very well coached. We're four very evenly-matched teams and it's got the makings of two fantastic games. from Shaun Wane Wigan Warriors coach
    Shaun WaneWigan Warriors coach
  82. BreakingTeam news

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    John Bateman returns at centre for Wigan, with Joe Burgess reverting to the wing as he makes his final appearance for the Warriors before joining Sydney Roosters in 2016. Josh Charnley drops out, while prop Dom Crosby makes his 100th career appearance.

    Huddersfield will be able to call upon the experience of prop Eorl Crabtree from the replacements bench. He has recovered from the knee problem that kept him out of last Friday's defeat by Leeds Rhinos.

    Eorl Crabtree
  83. Line-ups

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Wigan Warriors: Bowen; Manfredi, Bateman, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Smith; Crosby, McIlorum, Flower, Tomkins, Farrell, O'Loughlin.

    Replacements: Powell, Clubb, Mossop, Patrick.

    Huddersfield Giants: Grix; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Connor, Murphy; Brough, Ellis; Kopczak, Robinson, Huby, Wardle, Hughes, Ferres.

    Replacements: Crabtree, Bailey, Lawrence, Ta'ai.

    Referee: Ben Thaler

  84. Ten minute warning

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Kick-off is closing in.

    Time for some teams yeah?

  85. Have Giants found the formula?

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Danny Brough

    As Nobby says, it might be tough for Huddersfield to pick themselves up after last week's dramatics.

    However with a winner like Danny Brough in their side you fancy they will. He has the quality and the toughness to drag his side through tonight.

    Plus talismanic prop Eorl Crabtree is back and his presence will be a major factor.

    Giants know they can score points against Wigan, and they have to back that threat if they're going to win tonight.

  86. Are Giants emotionally ready?

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: It's a tough challenge for Huddersfield to come here to the DW Stadium, but they're well capable of it. The big question for me - are they emotionally ready for it after that huge disappointment (against Leeds)? To have a game like that snatched from you at the death, it takes a resolute coach and a resolute system to bring a team around from that.
  87. Wigan's sensational home run

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Wigan's Ben Flower, Sean O'Loughlin and Matty Smith

    Nice of Nobby to tee me up like that. Good man.

    Wigan are unbeaten on home turf in the league since St Helens won the derby in June 2014 and are on a run of 20 home wins in a row.

    The latest of those successes was against Castleford, who they thrashed 47-12 six days ago.

  88. Home advantage key for Wigan?

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Brian Noble

    Former Wigan and Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: The four teams that are all left are all capable of beating each other. (Wigan coach) Shaun Wane will be thrilled that they're here at the DW. They haven't been beaten for about 15 months here in Super League.
  89. Wigan dominant over Giants

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Matty Bowen is tackled by Ukuma Ta'ai and Joe Wardle

    It's fair to say Huddersfield don't tend to enjoy their end-of-the-season trips to the DW Stadium, losing heavily in the old-style Play-Offs in 2014 and 2013.

    They've also lost all three meetings with Wigan this season, but more positively for coach Paul Anderson did win both regular season fixtures against the Warriors in 2014.

    Overall the home side have 26 wins to the Giants' 14.

  90. Setting the scene

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    They don't come much tougher in Super League than a trip to Wigan.

    Big, noisy crowd, expectations high.

    Let's have a look at the form of these two clubs in previous meetings.

  91. Listen live on BBC radio

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Click on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page to select your commentary of this match.

    BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Leeds are all covering the game, which kicks off at 20:00 BST.

  92. Keeping across the action

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Nice to have your company on a Thursday night...

    Might be a good idea for me to let you know how to keep across tonight's events from the DW Stadium with the BBC.

  93. A classic in prospect

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Wigan's Sean O'Loughlin and Joel Tomkins tackle Danny Brough

    Welcome then to BBC Sport's live text commentary of the first of Super League's semi-finals for a place in the Grand Final at Old Trafford on 10 October.

    Wigan come into the game having had the League Leaders' Shield snatched from their grasp by Leeds, having done all they could to beat Castleford and finish the campaign on 41 points.

    They've been to Grand Finals before and have proven their mental toughness in these situations.

    Conversely, Huddersfield have won just three of 14 'knock-out' fixtures in the Super League's play-off system before this campaign.

    This season's format has favoured their undoubted consistency, and they were mere seconds from avoiding defeat by Leeds last week - can they turn it on in a one-off, sudden death encounter?

    The next 80 minutes will tell us plenty about both these teams' ambitions.

  94. Four into two

    Super League semi-final: Wigan v Huddersfield

    Ryan Hall and Jermaine McGillvary

    Having just about recovered from the sheer drama and excitement of the regular season finale which saw Leeds Rhinos crowned League Leaders' Shield winners, the focus now turns to the final four in the race for Old Trafford.

    Leeds play reigning champions St Helens in Friday's second semi-final, but tonight it's all about the action at the DW Stadium.

    Wigan Warriors, pipped by mere points difference to the £100,000 prize money, a shiny piece of silverware and a World Club Series spot, have home advantage in their bid to secure a third straight Grand Final appearance.

    In their way are a Huddersfield side who had won five games in a row before their run was ended dramatically by the Rhinos last Friday, and whom have never been to a Grand Final in the summer era.

    Who will triumph? Stick with us here to find out.