Super League Grand Final: Warrington v Wigan

Wigan battle back from 16-2 down to defeat Warrington in a pulsating Super League Grand Final.

5 October 2013 Last updated at 21:01

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  1. 2047: 
    Wigan Warriors celebrate their 2013 Grand Final win

    Thanks for your company this evening. Hearty congratulations to Grand Final winners Wigan, and commiserations to runners-up Warrington.

    See you again on 26 October, for the small matter of a World Cup opener between England and Australia in Cardiff...

  2. 2042: 

    BBC Sport will have live coverage of the tournament, including:

    - All England games, a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final live on BBC television.

    - Live commentary of all matches on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.

    - Extensive coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  3. 2038: 
    England coach Steve McNamara

    The 2013 Rugby League World Cup begins on 26 October and will be staged in England and Wales.

    Steve McNamara's England are among the teams fancied to lift the trophy, with favourites Australia and holders New Zealand doing all they can to stop the host nation.

  4. 2034: 

    So that's it. Another domestic rugby league season comes to an end, with Wigan Warriors claiming the Super League and Challenge Cup double.

    Usually, we would think about having a few weeks off and getting ready to go again in 2014, but this is no ordinary rugby league season...

  5. 2033: 

    Remember, there are highlights of tonight's Grand Final on BBC Two tomorrow night at 1700 BST, if you fancy reliving the drama all over again.

  6. 2028: 

    Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin: "It was touch and go whether I would be OK for this game. I just about made it. You do not get too many opportunities to play in these games."

  7. 2026: 
    Wigan hold the FA Cup and Challenge Cup

    The celebrations are sure to continue long into the night in Wigan, who now boast the FA Cup, Challenge Cup and Super League winners. They will be running out of space in the trophy room at the DW Stadium.

  8. 2025: 

    Wigan Warriors centre Darrell Goulding: "The try before half-time gave us momentum but full credit to the lads and we managed to do it. It is a great feeling. A few of the lads are leaving and we wanted to send them off on a high. Everyone wrote us off but it is of great satisfaction to us to complete the double."

  9. 2024: 

    Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith: "We're disappointed because it's the second year running that we've had it [a Grand Final loss]. We have to handle it with dignity, but at the moment it's still pretty sore. Wigan were very good close to our line in the second half. Michael McIlorum's try was the one that really hurt us. We've had a great season and there were some areas where we weren't quite good enough."

    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "Shaun Wane got one of the biggest cheers from the Wigan fans as his name was called when collecting the Super League trophy.

    "It's been a memorable season for the Warriors coach, who has now led the his home-town side to their first Grand Final victory during his tenure, on top of their Challenge Cup success at Wembley in August."

  11. 2019: 

    Warrington captain Adrian Morley: "I'm devastated, but really proud of the boys for their efforts this year and before that. We have been working towards the finals, we have ticked the box in Challenge Cups but haven't managed to do it in the Grand Finals. The try before half-time gave them hope and the injuries didn't go our way. In the second half, they shut us out."

  12. 2018: 

    More reaction from winners Wigan and losers Warrington on the way, starting with the Wolves' departing captain...

  13. 2017: 

    Sean O'Loughlin lifts the trophy to confirm Wigan are Super League champions for the first time since 2010. Former stars such as Martin Offiah watch on, as the current generation of Warriors players make their own mark on the club's rich history.

  14. 2014: 

    And now Wigan head up to the podium. Sam Tomkins is first up - his last game for the Warriors before his world-record move to the NRL has ended in style. Just waiting for Sean O'Loughlin now...

  15. 2013: 

    A tearful set of Warrington players head up to collect their losers' medals. For the second time in 12 months, they have tasted Grand Final defeat. Not the fairytale ending that captain Adrian Morley hoped for.

  16. 2012: 

    Blake Green has been presented with the Harry Sunderland Trophy after being voted as man of the match. He has had quite a Grand Final. Flattened by a right hook by Ben Westwood after two minutes, his second-half try set Wigan on the way to victory.



    David Haimes: "This Wigan comeback is on the scale of Oracle in the Americas Cup. 16-2 back to 16-30."

    jane whalen: "Gutted."

    Keep your tweets coming in to #bbcrl

  18. 2010: 

    Wigan Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins: "This is what we dreamt of, we spoke about a fairytale ending. It was about desire and belief. We are a really, really tight group."

  19. 2009: 
    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "The cry of 'champions' rings out through the Wigan end of Old Trafford. The Warriors' second-half performance has given their supporters a double to savour on their short trip home.

    "However, you have to give credit to Warrington for their performance, especially in the first-half, and their efforts are roundly applauded by their fans, as their 58-year wait for a title goes on."

  20. 2006: 

    Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane: "Fantastic! We weren't great in the first half and I gave them some words at half-time. The lads have been great this year. Sam Tomkins has been a legend and I am pleased we did that for him."

  21. 2006: 

    Wigan Warriors half-back Blake Green: "I don't care what my face looks like - this is the most unbelievable feeling. Nobody thought we could do the double. I was a little bit blurry for a while but our forwards kept turning up, they were outstanding."

  22. 2005: 

    After 80 brutal minutes, it's handshakes and hugs all round. Wigan have won the double, the first side since St Helens in 2006 to do so. Quite an achievement for Shaun Wane's side. More Old Trafford heartache for Warrington, who fail to win a trophy for the first time in a campaign since 2008.

  23. 2002: 

    And to think people were writing them off at the start of the season....

  24. 2001: 
    FULL-TIME- Warrington 16-30 Wigan


  25. 2001: 
    Warrington 16-30 Wigan

    Matty Smith attempts to put the icing on the cake with a drop-goal which sails well wide. A cheeky smile from the former Salford man, a Grand Final loser for St Helens against Wigan in three years ago, suggests he isn't too bothered about it.

  26. 2000: 
    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "The Wigan bench and supporters alike are celebrating like they've wrapped it up with that Pat Richards try, as he appears to have given Wigan a parting gift before his move back to the NRL."

  27. 1959: 
    Warrington 16-30 Wigan

    The last time Wigan played in a Grand Final, when they beat St Helens in 2010, Pat Richards tore his Achilles tendon in the first half. That try is a sweet moment for the Ireland international, as his eight-year Warriors career comes to an end.

  28. 1957: 
    FIVE MINUTES TO GO...- Warrington 16-30 Wigan
    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Warrington running out of bodies and running out of men in defence. Pat Richards celebrated before putting the down and now they will enjoy this, they will play with a smile on their face."

  30. 1954: 
    CONVERTED TRY- Warrington 16-30 Wigan - Pat Richards (74 mins), Con Richards

    That must be it, and what a moment for Pat Richards. Try number 169 of his Wigan career, on his final appearance for the Warriors before heading back to Australia, surely seals victory. Sean O'Loughlin's lofted pass misses out two Wigan men and Richards gleefully grabs the ball to touch down.


    Sam Cavanagh: "This is a perfect advert for RL. How this league hasn't had a sponsor is beyond me!"

    Beautiful Ladies: "If the Warriors win this then Wigan will be the greatest sporting town in 2013 & the world this year."

    Andrew Priestley: "That Wigan try just took the wind out of Warrington's sails, just when it was getting interesting too!"

  32. 1953: 
    Warrington 16-24 Wigan

    Warrington forward Mike Cooper gets a talking-to from referee Richard Silverwood after a high shot on Pat Richards. Wigan get a penalty and some valuable territory as they look to see out these final eight minutes.

  33. 1948: 
    Warrington 16-24 Wigan

    That's 22 points without reply for the Warriors, who were 16-2 down after 37 minutes, remember. An amazing turnaround, and easy to point at Joel Monaghan's departure through injury as the turning point. Wigan have taken control since then, and it looks as though the Wire are about to suffer a second consecutive Grand Final defeat.

  34. 1943: 
    Matt Newsum, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "Warrington support trying to gee up their team, but unless one of them can play wing or full-back it might not be enough. Wigan supporters exuding all the confidence and they might too supporting a team who have bounced back from 16-2 down."

  35. 1942: 
    CONVERTED TRY- Warrington 16-24 Wigan - Blake Green (65 mins), Con Richards
    Blake Green in action for Wigan

    Is that the decisive moment, and the one that will seal the double for Wigan Warriors? Blake Green, sporting a huge shiner after being on the receiving end of a Ben Westwood punch after two minutes, sells Adrian Morley a dummy and dives over under the posts. Pat Richards converts. Can a tiring Warrington fight back from this?


    Gareth: "Come on Warriors! Cheering you on from my workplace in Nigeria and converting some football loving Africans to rugby league!"

  37. 1939: 
    Warrington 16-18 Wigan

    And hands up who thought Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler would be getting a mention in this Grand Final commentary?

  38. 1937: 
    Warrington 16-18 Wigan
    Michael McIlorum scores for Wigan

    Just 20 minutes to go. It's a two-point game. Which one of these famous old clubs wants it more? Warrington and Wigan are holding out for a hero, as Bonnie Tyler once sang.

  39. 1938: 
    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "The Old Trafford roof was almost lifted off by the noise Wigan fans made when Josh Charnley put his side in front, and it all now seems very tense in the Stretford End, where many of the Warrington fans are sat. However, the match is far from over, and you cannot write off this Wolves side off. We could be in for a classic end to this final."

  40. 1936: 
    Warrington 16-18 Wigan

    Hello, hello - Sean O'Loughlin is coming back on for Wigan. The luck with injuries is certainly going in the Warriors' favour.

    Stefan Ratchford leaves the field

    RugbyLeagueRatings: "Momentum completely shifted - time for the experienced men to step up."

  42. 1934: 
    Warrington 16-18 Wigan

    Josh Charnley goes from hero to villain for Wigan. Shaun Wane pelts the seat in front of him in the stand as the winger fails to collect Sam Tomkins' pass with the try line at his mercy. Big moment.


    QPR midfielder Joey Barton: "Super League is the best sport on telly. Even if its not your telly. What a game this is. Warrington are on the ropes here..."

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is getting tasty now, tempers are starting to fray because of the magnitude of this game. It just shows how important the try was for Wigan just before half-time. Warrington are down to two interchanges, will that tell in the last 20 minutes?"

  45. 1931: 
    CONVERTED TRY- Warrington 16-18 Wigan - Josh Charnley (53 mins), Con Richards

    Josh Charnley is on-side from Darrell Goulding's grubber kick, he has grounded the ball cleanly, and the leading scorer in Super League crosses for his 43rd try of the season. Talk about a momentum shift. Pat Richards slots over the conversion from in front and Wigan lead by two points.

  46. 1929: 
    TRY REVIEW- Warrington 16-12 Wigan

    Has Josh Charnley scored?

  47. 1928: 
    Warrington 16-12 Wigan

    Quick break in play while Warrington's Stefan Ratchford receives treatment following a tackle by Harrison Hansen and Lee Mossop. That tackle looked a little naughty. In fact, the full-back is heading off the field. Another injury blow for the Wire and another reshuffle imminent for Tony Smith's men.

  48. 1926: 
    Warrington 16-12 Wigan

    Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin has left the field for the moment. He watches on, while pedalling on an exercise bike on the touchline, as his side nearly gift Warrington their fourth score. Iain Thornley's offload goes straight to Simon Grix, who is well stopped by Michael McIlorum.


    Dave Wilson: "Watching here in Bangkok hoping the Wire win."

  50. 1926: 
    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "That Michael McIlorum try has certainly roused the Wigan fans as they urge their side on victory with only four points being the difference. Wire fans responded to the try by trying to lift their side."


    ryan kinsella: "Come on the wire. You boys have got this."

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Tony Smith will not be happy about that to concede a try from dummy half. That is slack defence. Stefan Ratchford took a massive dummy and an easy try from Michael McIlorum."

  53. 1922: 
    CONVERTED TRY- Warrington 16-12 Wigan - Michael McIlorum (49 mins), Con Richards

    From the play-the-ball, Michael McIlorum throws the dummy to get past Stefan Ratchford and bursts through the Warrington backline to put Wigan back in this Grand Final. Pat Richards kicks the conversion and the Warriors are back within one score.

  54. 1922: 
    Warrington 16-6 Wigan

    Within moments, Liam Farrell redeems himself. Farrell, who was named in Steve McNamara's England squad for the World Cup earlier this week, mops up a grubber kick and forces his way out of the in-goal area to set Wigan on the attack again.

  55. 1919: 
    Warrington 16-6 Wigan

    Under pressure from Warrington veteran Lee Briers, Wigan second-rower Liam Farrell spills near the try line with captain Sean O'Loughlin in support. O'Loughlin's frustrations are shown as he is penalised for a high tackle. Imperative that Wigan make a fast start to the second half.

  56. 1917: 
    Warrington 16-6 Wigan
    Joel Monaghan is stretchered from the field

    Chris Bridge has moved from the centre to the wing to cover for the injured Warrington winger Joel Monaghan, who is on his way to hospital after that nasty knock at the end of the first half.

    The Wolves have the first set of the second period and kick deep into Wigan territory.


    Bobby Long: "In New York watching the game! Come on Wigan."

  58. 1915: 
    KICK-OFF- Warrington 16-6 Wigan

    The second half is under way. 40 minutes to decide Super League's champions of 2013.

  59. 1911: 

    Interesting to note that the Wolves were level at 14-14 with Leeds at this stage of the Grand Final last year, and went on to take the lead at Old Trafford before losing 26-18.

    With a 10-point advantage to take into the second period this time around, are the Wire about to end their 58-year wait to be champions?

    Much will depend on how Warrington regroup following the loss of winger Joel Monaghan to injury.


    Harry Morris: "Come on Warrington!!! Going into the second half we're favourites but Wigan showed how dangerous they are with the late try."

    William John Dawbarn: "In Alicante watching the rugby. C'mon the Wire."

  61. 1905: 
    Matt Newsum, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "That felt like a long half of rugby league, not helped by a series of stoppages. Wigan and their fans seemed subdued while Warrington were in control, but the Monaghan injury seems to have left them a little shocked.

    "They need to rediscover their composure on the field and voice off it, otherwise Wigan are certainly capable of ruthlessly taking control. The mood in the Wigan end has lifted considerably since that late score."


    Stacy Phillips: "There's still plenty of time left in this game, c'mon you Warriors! I'm cheering you on from Newfoundland, Canada!"

  63. 1902: 
    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "After passing up a number of earlier chances, that Darrell Goulding try for Wigan gives Shaun Wane a little bit of relief going into the half-time break.

    "There was cause for concern for the Wire's Joel Monaghan near the end of that period, who appeared to come off worst in a tackle with Pat Richards and received a standing ovation from all four sides of Old Trafford while being stretchered off the field."


    So what do you make of that? All over?

    Tweet your thoughts on the first half using #bbcrl or text 81111.

  65. 1858: 
    HALF-TIME- Warrington 16-6 Wigan
    Warrington celebrate scoring a try

    The end of a VERY long first half, and Warrington lead 16-6. Two long injury stoppages, a possible red-card escape, four tries and lots to discuss.

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was the response Wigan needed. Two minutes from half time and Darrell Goulding doing what he should have done before, charging through the tackle from Ryan Atkins."

    George Riley, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "A few Wigan fans who went off early to get their half time coffees and hot dogs may be rushing back inside now."

  68. 1854: 
    TRY- Warrington 16-6 Wigan - Darrell Goulding (38 mins)

    Lifeline for the Warriors. After a long delay from Joel Monaghan's injury, Wigan spread the ball to the right touchline and Sam Tomkins feeds Darrell Goulding to power past Chris Riley and over the line. An uncharacteristic miss by Pat Richards means Wigan trail by 10 points.

  69. 1854: 
    Warrington 16-2 Wigan

    Old Trafford rises to Joel Monaghan, who is carried from the field on a stretcher. His 26 tries this season have been pivotal to Warrington making it to their second successive Grand Final.

  70. 1852: 
    Warrington 16-2 Wigan

    Looks like Joel Monaghan is being stretchered off. A sad end to his Grand Final, having scored his side's first try of the game, a score that began Warrington's three-try blitz which completely turned this match around.

  71. 1851: 
    Matt Newsum, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "Wigan all right side most of the game but when they did work it left it took a huge tackle from Joel Monaghan to stop Pat Richards from scoring. Might have come at a cost, did not look in a good way and the medical staff are attending. Anxious silence from Warrington end."

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is about the momentum change, it is all Wigan now. Warrington are scrambling all over the field and holding them out though."


    Emma Whitby: "Wishing my home town, Warrington all the best from Toulouse, France. COME ON THE WIRE!!"

    David Haimes: "Withholding the medal should be a punishment available for a player who goes on report. Westwood scoring a try is hard to take."

  74. 1850: 
    Warrington 16-2 Wigan

    Warrington appear to getting a little edgy in the closing stages of the opening half. Some unorthodox defending from Joel Monaghan keeps out Pat Richards, although it has left the Australian in a bad way. Monaghan looked to be out cold straight after the impact and is receiving oxygen near the touchline.

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Little bit indecisive from Darrell Goulding. He should have put the ball under his arm, and tried to push himself over the line."

  76. 1845: 
    Warrington 16-2 Wigan

    If Wigan go on to lose this Grand Final, they will look back at some of the chances they have wasted in this first half. Darrell Goulding and Josh Charnley are the guilty parties again, as Goulding's pass goes astray and Charnley knocks on. Wigan's greatest area of strength this season is proving their downfall so far in this Grand Final.

    Head coach Shaun Wane does NOT look pleased.

  77. 1843: 
    Warrington 16-2 Wigan

    Warrington pass up the chance to kick for two points from kickable range and instead look for that killer fourth try. However, Wolves centre Chris Bridge is pushed into touch, and Wigan regain possession.

    Joel Monaghan in action for Warrington

    Need To Know: "The monocle drops from my eye in shock over Warrington's acute bout of try fever. Madness abounds!"

  79. 1842: 
    Warrington 16-2 Wigan

    I'm sure Wigan coach Shaun Wane will be desperate for half-time to come without any further damage. You feel that another Warrington try before the break could put this one to bed.

    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "Warrington have shown remarkable determination to turn this game on its head. After Pat Richards' penalty, Wigan seemed to be the side in ascendancy, but the brilliance of Lee Briers' boot and excellent finishing has put Warrington in control.

    "Wigan may have to rely on inspiration from their captain Sean O'Loughlin, making his first start since the Challenge Cup final, who has barely featured in the match so far."

  81. 1838: 
    Warrington 16-2 Wigan

    Wigan's chance to respond immediately goes begging. Again it comes down the right touchline, as centre Darrell Goulding passes to Josh Charnley, who is enveloped by four in primrose and blue and bundled into touch.

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live
    Warrington's Lee Briers

    "The Wigan defence just opened up but great play from Lee Briers. Where was the defence? A massive hole for Ben Westwood to go into and when he is running like that, there is no stopping him."


    GothicHeroine: "Keep it up now Wire."

    Valentyna: "Come on Warrington!!!"

  84. 1834: 
    CONVERTED TRY- Warrington 16-2 Wigan - Ben Westwood (26 mins), Con Ratchford

    Wow. Warrington are on fire and have a third try in five minutes. Josh Charnley fails to collect a high ball and the Wolves take advantage. Lee Briers sets up Ben Westwood, who finds a great angle to charge over from close range. Stefan Ratchford adds the extra two.

    But after his punch on Blake Green after two minutes, should Westwood even be on the field?

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "When Wigan have been in the attacking line, Warrington have held them up well. There was weak defence on Simon Grix there, it was two on one and and he shouldn't be powering through."

  86. 1830: 
    CONVERTED TRY- Warrington 10-2 Wigan - Simon Grix (24 mins), Con Ratchford

    The error from Pat Richards is punished and Warrington strike again through Simon Grix. Micky Higham's short pass finds the versatile forward, who adds to the brace of tries he scored against Leeds in the Wire's semi-final win against Leeds nine days ago with a powerful effort. Stefan Ratchford is successful with the boot this time from out wide and Warrington stretch their lead to 10-2.

    Matt Newsum, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "Lee Briers had been practicing those kicks to the right and it paid off there. We've seen it enough this season to know how deadly it is when Joel Monaghan is around."

  88. 1829: 
    Warrington 4-2 Wigan

    Winger Joel Monaghan has now scored in each of his last six appearances for Warrington in games against Wigan, who look to have been rattled by that concession. Pat Richards kicks out on the full and Warrington have a penalty on half-way.

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a take from Joel Monaghan. He seemed to jump up in the air and patted the ball forward before catching it. Superb."

  90. 1826: 
    TRY- Warrington 4-2 Wigan - Joel Monaghan (21 mins)

    Hooker Micky Higham is held up inches short of the line and the ball is laid back to Lee Briers, who launches a right-footed cross-field high kick that is collected by Joel Monaghan to score the game's first try. Monaghan does brilliantly to catch the ball under pressure from Pat Richards. Stefan Ratchford fails to add the extras, but the Wolves lead.

  91. 1826: 
    Warrington 0-2 Wigan

    Wigan's Josh Charnley is penalised for pulling Richie Myler out of the field of play while Myler was on the floor. He argues his case to referee Richard Silverwood, to no avail.

    Warrington have brought on captain Adrian Morley in an attempt to turn the game in the Wire's favour, and it's worked...


    Need To Know: "Following big games as a neutral is much easier on the blood pressure!

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  93. 1824: 
    Warrington 0-2 Wigan

    Warrington seem to be penned in their own half at present. Despite a good break from prop Chris Hill on the fifth tackle, Lee Briers has to kick from deep and Wigan get good field position once more.

  94. 1821: 
    FAST AND FURIOUS- Warrington 0-2 Wigan

    This game has started at a phenomenal pace. Everything we expected and more. Still just a Pat Richards penalty separating Wigan and Warrington at Old Trafford.

  95. 1820: 
    Warrington 0-2 Wigan
    Warrington's Chris Hill is tackled by Wigan players

    Wasted opportunity for the Warriors as Darrell Goulding, instead of passing to Josh Charnley outside of him, chooses to kick from 20 metres out and the ball is easily cut out by Chris Riley.

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That is a kick of the highest order from Blake Green and you can see how important it is to the team. All the players coming round and patting him on the back."

  97. 1818: 
    FORTY-TWENTY- Warrington 0-2 Wigan

    Well, Blake Green seems to have recovered from that Ben Westwood punch. His wonderful 40-20 kick puts Wigan in prime position to strike...

  98. 1817: 
    PENALTY- Warrington 0-2 Wigan - Pat Richards (11 mins)

    Pat Richards kicks the first points of the 2013 Grand Final. Warrington are penalised near half-way and the ever-reliable Richards does the rest to put the Warriors in front.

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ten minutes into the game and it has been end-to-end stuff. It has been a frantic start."


    Elizabeth Jones: "Listening to the game on 5live in Saudi Arabia wearing my Wigan shirt. Come on Wigan!!"

  101. 1815: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    An enthralling opening 10 minutes. Still no score, but plenty of incident.

  102. 1814: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    Warrington, through Lee Briers, are kicking early in their tackle counts. Darrell Goulding catches a crossfield kick and is forced over his own line by Ryan Atkins.

    Another Briers bomb sees Pat Richards and Joel Monaghan battling for the ball near the try line, and the video referee hands possession back to Wigan.

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live
    Warrington's Stefan Ratchford is tackled

    "Great set play from both teams, spreading the ball about and showing good crisp hands. It was a nothing kick from Lee Briers but Ryan Atkins managed to bundle Darrell Goulding into touch."

  104. 1812: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    Sam Tomkins shows why he's the most expensive player in rugby league. He joins the line to devastating effect, passing to Darrell Goulding who is held up by Warrington centre Ryan Atkins. Matty Smith's grubber kick goes dead and a chance goes begging for Wigan.

  105. 1808: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    Blake Green immediately into the action after that injury stoppage, putting a testing kick towards Warrington full-back Stefan Ratchford, who gathers under his own posts.

    At the other end, Sam Tomkins has made a splendid start to his final Wigan game with two excellent catches under the high ball.

    Both teams competing some early sets, no threat to either try-line so far.


    David Haimes: "Going to be a great game, watching in San Francisco and following text commentary on #bbc."

    Keith Senior, Former GB, England and Leeds centre on BBC Radio 5 live

    "You would have to say that was a little naughty from Ben Westwood. It's just a punch to the face for Blake Green and you would expect him to carry on in the game."

  108. 1806: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    Ben Westwood has been put on report by referee Richard Silverwood for that incident with Blake Green.

  109. 1805: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    On the replay, it looks as though Ben Westwood threw a punch at Blake Green while the pair were on the floor. Green has received oxygen, he's back on his feet, but he's looking decidedly groggy at the moment.

  110. 1804: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    Blake Green is an early casualty of some brutal tackling. The Wigan half-back is bleeding from under his right eye after a clash with Chris Bridge and Ben Westwood.

  111. 1802: 
    Phil Shepka, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "The noise when both teams came out here at Old Trafford was absolutely deafening. Let's hope the final can live up to the expectation of those in the near-capacity crowd."

  112. 1801: 
    Warrington 0-0 Wigan

    We're under way!

  113. 1800: 

    Fireworks greet the two teams, Warrington and Wigan led out by two proud coaches - Tony Smith and Shaun Wane.

    The two sets of players walk past the prize on offer - the Super League trophy.

    Smith hugged every member of his team as they walked onto the field. Wigan go into a huddle. Let's get this game on.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Coverage of the final between Warrington and Wigan has started on 5 live.


    Huddersfield and England centre Leroy Cudjoe: "Sitting down to watch Grand Final after a tough few days training."

  116. 1757: 
    Matt Newsum, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "There is something about the acoustics here at Old Trafford that amplifies the roar from both ends of the ground, certainly more than at Wembley in Challenge Cup finals.

    "Every players name called out over the public address resulted in a giant cheer that rose to a crescendo when it was announced that captain Sean O'Loughlin would feature for Wigan."

  117. 1757: 

    First, a rendition of Jerusalem. Half expecting Alastair Cook to lead out the England cricket team in a second...

  118. 1756: 

    A quick weather update - no driving rain for this Grand Final. The sun is shining over Old Trafford, conditions are dry and we should have some wonderful, flowing rugby.


    Jack Gordon: "Hope the Grand Final is a tight game! #neutral"

    Jason Ryding: "Why's it sunny! It's a Grand Final, it's supposed to piddle down!"

    Andrew Glover: "Looking forward to the #GrandFinal I think it's going to be Warrington's night!"


    Almost there, just minutes until kick-off. Who is going to win? And which player is going to be the man who makes the difference?

    Tweet us using #bbcrl or text 81111 and we will post the best entries ahead of kick-off.

  121. 1754: 

    So, you ready then? The teams are in the tunnel. Either Warrington Wolves or Wigan Warriors are ready for their date with destiny.

    For the losers, desolation. For the winners? The 2013 Super League title...

  122. 1750: 

    Wigan half-back Matty Smith could become the first player to win the man-of-the-match award in both domestic finals in the same season.

    Smith, who played alongside a teenage Wayne Rooney while he was a youngster at Everton, produced a fine kicking display as the Warriors defeated Hull FC at Wembley in August to win the Lance Todd Trophy.

    If he picks up the Harry Sunderland Trophy this evening, Smith will join the likes of Jason Robinson, Kris Radlinski, Kevin Sinfield and Paul Wellens to have won both prizes.

  123. 1749: 

    Warrington will know all about these last few minutes before kick-off. They experienced heartbreak at this stage last season, losing in the Grand Final to Leeds Rhinos. They will be desperate to avoid that feeling again.

  124. 1747: 

    Sean O'Loughlin and his Wigan side leave the field after their pre-match warm-up. No signs of any ill effects from that Achilles injury that has kept him out since 24 August.

  125. 1745: 
    St Helens celebrate the double in 2006

    St Helens know. They are the last team to achieve the feat back in 2006.

    What do Wigan have to do to emulate their local rivals and add the Super League crown to the Challenge Cup they won in August? Former Saints skipper Paul Sculthorpe explained to BBC Sport's Matt Newsum earlier this week.

  126. 1743: 

    Warrington Wolves: Ratchford; Riley, Bridge, Atkins, J. Monaghan; Briers, Myler; Wood, Higham, Hill, Westwood, Grix, Harrison.

    Replacements: Morley, M. Monaghan, Carvell, Cooper.

    Wigan Warriors: Tomkins; Charnley, Goulding, Thornley, Richards; Green, Smith; Dudson, McIlorum, Mossop, Hansen, Farrell, O'Loughlin.

    Replacements: Hughes, Flower, Taylor, Crosby.

    Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)

  127. 1741: 
    Shamoon Hafez, BBC Sport

    Tomkins made some interesting revelations about his childhood allegiances ahead of the final.

    "I had a couple of Warrington replica shirts when I was young. I was a Warrington fan growing up, my family are from Warrington so we would visit family and go down to Wilderspool to watch the game. We moved to Wigan at the age of eight or nine and rugby is a religion in the town. I quickly realised I wanted to be a Wigan fan."

    And he is hoping the occasion is remembered as the 'Sam Tomkins final'.

    "I would love to do that. It would be a fairytale dream ending for me. But I need to concentrate on doing my own job and getting the win for the club. If I am able to do something special off the back of that, it would be brilliant."

  128. 1739: 
    Shamoon Hafez, BBC Sport

    It is, of course, Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins' last game for his side. Speaking at the press conference at Old Trafford on Monday, the 24-year-old was thinking about what the future holds for him.

    "I've got space for a tattoo to be put on after the Grand Final," he said. "I have one from the 2010 victory, a Challenge Cup on my ankle so if we win this week I will get another one done.

    "It was nice that the move to New Zealand Warriors was out. Rumours had been going on for months, rumours that had started before negotiation which is a bit silly so it was good to get out exactly what I was doing. It was only 10 days after signing that the deal was announced.

    "It is going to be emotional after the game. I have a job to do for 80 minutes then I will think about it being my last ever game for the club."


    Joe in Manchester via text: "Nervous doesn't cover it, come on Warrington!"

  130. 1739: 
    Matt Newsum, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "Plenty of talk about the weather and fears a wet surface could help a kicking game but it is dry with a bit of blue sky here and the pitch looks in excellent condition. Richie Myler is out to warm up with knee strapped up, will he show England what they are missing at the World Cup later this month?

    "Few worried faces among the Wigan contingent as the forwards came out - Where's Lockers? At last he appeared from the tunnel in the corner to cheers, although all eyes will be on him during the warm-up."

  131. 1737: 

    Just over 20 minutes to go until kick-off at Old Trafford. The excitement and anticipation is building nicely...

    George Riley, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Excited and nervous. And not even playing. #grandfinal good luck everyone."


    This is a very, very difficult final to call, with both teams capable of extremely eye-catching rugby.

    If you reckon you know who is going to win then get involved on the BBC Facebook page.

  134. 1732: 

    On Friday, it was announced that Super League and Manchester United had reached an agreement to stage the Grand Final at Old Trafford for another four years.

    The stadium, which has a capacity of around 76,000, has hosted all of the previous 15 Grand Finals and will also be the venue for the World Cup final on 30 November.

    The biggest attendance for a Grand Final was in 2006, when 72,582 people watched St Helens beat Hull FC 26-4.


    Rugby league journalist Ben Giles: "Be entertained, excited, anxious, amazed, confounded. It'll be relentless, fast & brutal with everything at stake."

    Chrisdm77: "Both sides can do it on their day. I fancy Warrington by 4."

  136. 1729: 
    Wigan Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins

    Sam Tomkins will swap one Warriors for another next season. The Wigan and England full-back will join NRL side New Zealand Warriors for a world-record fee, reported to be around £700,000.

    Tomkins, voted Super League's Man of Steel in 2012, scored the decisive try in Wigan's Challenge Cup final win against Hull FC at Wembley in August.

    The 24-year-old arrives at Old Trafford hoping for one more magical moment to cap a glittering Super League career.

    "It's a club I've loved having six years with and it's going to be sad to leave. If there's a way to go out, it's at Old Trafford in a Grand Final," he said.

    "Us and Warrington always have massive games, they always go right down to the wire and I'm sure Saturday will be no different. For the neutrals, many have said to me that they wanted a Wigan-Warrington final and they've got it. I'm sure it's going to be one not to miss."

    Winger Pat Richards and prop Lee Mossop are also heading to Australia and will be saying their farewells to the Wigan faithful later this evening.

  137. 1727: 
    Warrington captain Adrian Morley lifts the 2012 Challenge Cup

    Adrian Morley will make his final appearance for Warrington after seven seasons with the club.

    The 36-year-old prop is the only British player to have won Grand Finals in England (with Bradford in 2005) and Australia (with Sydney Roosters in 2002) and he is aiming to lead the Wolves to a first Super League title, having been part of their rise from also-rans to consistent challengers.

    "When I signed, I believed in [owner] Simon Moran's vision and optimism. To be part of the rise of Warrington has been incredible," said Morley, who will play for home-town club Salford Red Devils in 2014.

    "We've won the Challenge Cup a few times, the League Leaders' Shield and this [winning a Grand Final] is one thing we've not done. We've made the Grand Final before but we need to tick the victory box. To do that on Saturday would be pretty special."

    Prop Garreth Carvell and forward Mike Cooper are also making their final appearances for Warrington today.

  138. 1725: 

    Much of the build-up to the Grand Final has been dominated by the imminent departures of two of the star names in English rugby league...

  139. 1723: 
    Brian Noble

    Where will tonight's Grand Final be won and lost?

    Can Warrington stop Wigan's talisman Sam Tomkins? Will a moment of magic from Lee Briers be enough for the Wolves? Is Sean O'Loughlin's inclusion a risk for the Warriors?

    Salford coach Brian Noble gave us his view on the website this week.


    Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall: "Good luck guys. Envious of everyone involved today. Wish I was!"

  141. 1721: 
    Richie Myler & Ryan Atkins of Warrington tackle Wigan's Sam Tomkins

    Warrington have the edge over Wigan in the two meetings between the sides this season:

    8 February: Wigan 17-17 Warrington

    Towards the end of a tight encounter, Wigan's Matty Smith slotted over a drop-goal to put the home side 17-16 in front, only for wily Wire veteran Lee Briers to level the scores with a one-pointer of his own.

    24 June: Warrington 22-12 Wigan

    The Warriors went into the game having won their previous 11 Super League matches and looked on course to extend that run, before late tries from Micky Higham and Chris Hill settled the game in Warrington's favour.


    Umar Majid: "Warrington 30-22. Briers to win man of the match."

    Warrington are favourites going into this final, who do you think will win? Let us know using #bbcrl

  143. 1716: 
    Matt Newsum, BBC Sport at Old Trafford
    Wigan fans

    "The mass appeal of the Super League Grand Final has been reflected in the variety of shirts spotted around Old Trafford this afternoon.

    "As well as the usual Super League suspects, I have spotted Batley, Whitehaven, Workington and a host of amateur clubs' shirts, not to mention a Canberra Raiders away - the chap wearing it did not look too Aussie though.

    "Warrington are out first to warm up in the shape of Lee Briers, who goes through his repertoire of kicks to the right corner. Looks like Pat Richards and Iain Thornley could be in for a long night..."

  144. 1714: 
    Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield with the 2012 Super League trophy

    It seems awfully strange for Leeds not to be involved in the Grand Final, having been crowned champions in five of the last six seasons and in each of the last two years.

    The Rhinos lost to both Warrington and Wigan in the play-offs, meaning Kevin Sinfield will have to wait to get his hands on more silverware.

    England fans will hope he isn't waiting too long, with Sinfield set to captain his country at the World Cup, which is now just three weeks away...

    BBC Radio 5 liveLISTEN LIVE

    You can listen to full coverage of the Grand Final with George Riley and former Leeds centre Keith Senior from 18:00 BST.


    If you listen to the pundits, they will tell you that we are about to witness one of the closest Grand Finals in Super League history. But what do you think?

    Thoughts on the team selections? Key men? Score predictions?

    Tweet us using #bbcrl or text 81111 and we will post the best entries ahead of kick-off.

  147. 1707: 

    Wigan Warriors: Tomkins; Charnley, Goulding, Thornley, Richards; Green, Smith; Dudson, McIlorum, Mossop, Hansen, Farrell, O'Loughlin.

    Replacements: Hughes, Flower, Taylor, Crosby.

    Warrington Wolves: Ratchford; Riley, Bridge, Atkins, J. Monaghan; Briers, Myler; Wood, Higham, Hill, Westwood, Grix, Harrison.

    Replacements: Morley, M. Monaghan, Carvell, Cooper.

    Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)

  148. 1705: 
    Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin

    The headline team news from Old Trafford is that captain Sean O'Loughlin is back in the starting line-up for Wigan.

    England loose-forward O'Loughlin, 30, has not played since Wigan's Challenge Cup final win on 24 August because of an Achilles injury and only had a protective boot removed on Monday.

    His return is a huge boost to the Warriors, who beat Leeds in their play-off semi-final.

    As for Warrington, Stefan Ratchford keeps his place at full-back, meaning departing veteran Brett Hodgson is not included in the Wolves' 17-man squad.

  149. 1704: 
    Adrian Morley & Sam Tomkins

    The Super League season began back on 1 February. Since then, 197 matches have been played and 9,791 points scored, and now only two sides remain. Wigan and Warrington are just 80 minutes away from the biggest prize in domestic rugby league.

    For Shaun Wane's Warriors, who won the Challenge Cup at Wembley in August, victory would see them become the first side since St Helens in 2006 to complete the double.

    Tony Smith's Wolves were beaten in last season's Grand Final by Leeds and are hoping to end their 58-year wait to be crowned champions.

    History beckons for one of these teams - but which one?

  150. 1700: 

    Hello and welcome to BBC Sport HQ in Salford. A drop-goal away from my desk lies Old Trafford, where the 2013 Super League champions will be crowned in around three hours' time...