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Matt Newsum

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  1. Goodbye

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Wigan celebate

    Two brilliant semi-finals have brought us our 2017 Challenge Cup finalists - Hull FC and Wigan Warriors will travel to Wembley to do battle on Saturday, 26 August.

    Salford and Leeds will lick their wounds, not that they have much time to do so before being pitched into the intensity of the Super 8s this week.

    Don't forget you can follow all the action from the Super League and Qualifiers on the BBC - online and with BBC local radio too every week until the end of the season.

    We'll be back with live text of the Challenge Cup final. See you there.

    Until then, good evening.

  2. Recap: Hull return to Wembley

    FT: Hull FC 43-24 Leeds

    Hull FC celebrate their Challenge Cup semi-final win over Leeds

    Let's remind ourselves of Wigan's opponents to come...

    Hull FC continued their defence of the Challenge Cup by securing a return to Wembley with what eventually proved a dominant victory against Leeds Rhinos.

    After a slug-for-slug first half which Hull just edged 18-12, the Airlie Birds cut loose in the second half to pull clear with a 43-24 win to keep alive hopes of back-to-back success.

    Read Andrew Aloia's match report and see all 11 - yes ELEVEN - tries by clicking here.

  3. "We will be involved in these games again"

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Salford head coach Ian Watson told BBC Sport:

    "It was a big effort by our boys, but these are the games players want to be involved in and we will be involved in these again.

    "The more experience we can take from these games and learn from them the better, we've got to take lesson from this in the Super 8s.

    "It's devastating, it's a tough loss but we will focus on what we need to do for the rest of the year."

  4. 'There are different ways of winning games'

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    The two teams who have made the final have played the most simplistic game-plans. Salford moved the ball and tried to be clever with the ball, but Wigan ran hard and tackled hard. There are different ways of winning games but it's good to be able to combine them.

    I think it makes for really interesting viewing. The final will be really interesting and it will come down to the little efforts.

  5. "It's a special feeling going back to Wembley"

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Wigan half-back Tommy Leuluai told BBC Sport:

    "It's a special feeling to get to Wembley, we've had an up and down season but we've got lot of quality and experience.

    "I wanted to come back and Wigan was my first choice to play in big games like this.

    "The old man played for Hull in the day and my sister was born up there. both clubs are a big part of the family but I'm here for Wigan and looking forward to playing Hull."

  6. 'Wigan's big-game players were huge'

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Denis Betts

    England assistant and Widnes coach, BBC Two

    Salford didn't have any field position in the second half or play the ball as quickly as they did in the first to create numbers. Wigan had the edge in the second half and Salford didn't have many opportunities. The first half was a kicking masterclass from Salford, but then the rain came down.

    Wigan's big-game players were huge. Joe Burgess was huge. Sam Tomkins turned up. They really committed, and the two best teams have won this weekend.

  7. "We've got another job to do now"

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Wigan head coach Shaun Wane told BBC Sport:

    "This feels fantastic, last year was tough to take, Salford are a champion club but to get back to Wembley is fantastic.

    "We've another job to do now. We did 20 minutes with 12 men, it's unacceptable and we'll fix it but we'll enjoy it and get ready for Leeds now.

    "Salford made it a great game in testing conditions, it shows you what a great game rugby league is."

  8. 'This game was symbolic for Sam Tomkins'

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    For me, picking a man of the match was difficult. McIlorum's effort and intent was insane. Wigan had so many leaders on the field and they'll be leading the chants in the dressing room now. For me, though, the game was symbolic for Sam Tomkins because it signaled his full return to fitness.

    If there were any doubts over him, they were that injury had worn down his athletic ability. That wasn't the case at all today. And defensively, he was organising everyone, getting them moving. Players like that are valuable assets.

  9. 1985 and all that

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Wigan Hull 1985

    Wigan versus Hull FC has been both a sublime and ridiculous final. 1985 was the former while 2013 certainly lived up to the latter. 1959 was just normal - albeit one-sided in favour of Wigan.

    1985's contest was as good as any played before. Parramatta champions Brett Kenny and Peter Sterling, teammates in Australia and for the national team, were on opposite sides of the divide.

    Then there were players like John 'Chicka' Ferguson for Wigan and Hull's Kiwi ensemble of Gary Kemble, James Leuluai and Dane O'Hara, and high-quality Brits like Shaun Edwards, Steve 'Knocker' Norton and Henderson Gill.

    The classes of 2017 will have to go some way to matching it. If these semis are anything to go by, we need not worry.

  10. 'Wigan went up another level'

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Denis Betts

    England assistant and Widnes coach, BBC Two

    Salford just wanted to ease themselves back into that game and get some rhythm going. They had no territory, no field position and no ball. Wigan went up another level.

  11. 'It was a fantastic spectacle'

    FT: Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Denis Betts

    England assistant and Widnes coach, BBC Two

    Wigan ran hard, tackled hard and that's what they do. They compete in every single play. They scramble well and they have a desire to win. It was a fantastic spectacle.

    To be involved in these two games would have been fantastic - the teams have delivered a fantastic product. I wish I could have been involved.

  12. Full time

    Wigan 27-14 Salford

    Wigan book a Challenge Cup final rematch with Hull FC at Wembley on 26 August - their conquerors in last year's semi-finals and the side they faced on their last visit to the stadium in 2013.

    Shaun Wane's side are off to the national stadium. For Salford, they played their part but it was not to be and the wait for Wembley goes on.

    Fantastic game.

  13. TRY Wigan 27-14 Salford

    OIiver Gildart, con George Williams

    Wigan score a game-clinching try on the back of a scrum-base move and it's Oliver Gildart who opened and now finishes the scoring as the hooter goes in back-play.

    Crowning glory for the young centre.

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    Video caption: Gildart try puts gloss on Wigan victory
  14. Post update

    Wigan 21-14 Salford

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    Sam Tomkins has been a threat with the ball but he's had a tough year. He had a significant injury to his leg, but he's come back in and been the link today. He's organised Wigan's defensive line and has got his numbers just right.

  15. Post update

    Wigan 21-14 Salford

    Final chance slips away for Salford as Manu Vatuvei spills close to his own line.

    Wigan fans sing of Wembley. Game over.

    SIxty seconds to the hooter.

  16. Post update

    Wigan 21-14 Salford

    Joe Burgess plucks a horribly-wicked kick from Michael Dobson out of the sky and Wigan's fans cheer.

    Wigan clear their lines with a smart set.

    Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins the BBC TV man of the match. Less than two to go.

  17. Post update

    Wigan 21-14 Salford

    I think that was the moment where Wigan booked their Wembley date on 26 August.

    Salford sliding from left to right and Michael Dobson's pass went to ground. Willie Isa dives on it. Salford exhale in frustration. Three to go.

  18. Post update

    Wigan 21-14 Salford

    Wigan back-rower John Bateman comes off worse in an aerial challenge with Salford's Manu Vatuvei.

    Salford get the ball and then a penalty. Their hopes fade with every second but they are still in this. Just.

  19. Post update

    Wigan 21-14 Salford

    Salford's frustrations boil over and a high tackle by George Griffin on Ryan Sutton brings about the penalty.

    Wigan club the ball to touch. Penalty short of their own 40. FIVE. TO. GO. Wigan dreaming of Wembley.

  20. Post update

    Wigan 21-14 Salford

    Wigan survive! Todd Carney is forced off to receive treatment and a head injury assessment. WIllie Isa smashed him, on the cusp of late but deemed legal.

    Salford's move comes to an end.