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Matt Newsum

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  1. Good night

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Wigan celebrate their Super League Grand Final win

    So that brings to a close the 2018 domestic Super League season, with Wigan Warriors collecting their fifth summer era title and 22nd in total.

    They say goodbye to Shaun Wane - off to Scotland Rugby Union; to Sam Tomkins, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton off to pastures new.

    Warrington will lick their wounds. But should return stronger and fitter and wiser in 2019.

    It's not quite over yet though... we've got England v France on Wednesday and three New Zealand Tests between 27 October and 11 November.

    Thanks for being with us all season. We'll be here for the England games too. Until then. Good night.

  2. What next for the Wire?

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington came so close, within 80 minutes of being champions after their disappointing 2017 campaign, and there is much to be proud of and positive about.

    Under Steve Price they look a well drilled, excellent side. 2019 can be a year of further progress for them, particularly with the signing of Blake Austin - a skilled half-back with NRL pedigree.

  3. 'I can't believe it'

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Dom Manfredi

    Wigan's Dom Manfredi told BBC Radio 5 live:

    I can't believe it. Just to be back playing is big enough for me, that was my aim for this year. But to run out with these lads and win a Grand Final is unavailable.

    The characters leaving this year deserve that, anything short it would not have been good enough. We would have never forgiven ourselves, so we needed to win.

    There will be a few tears tonight and a bit of partying.

  4. 'Outstanding team ethic from Wigan'

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Brian Noble

    Ex-Great Britain coach on BBC Radio 5 live

    The team ethic from Wigan was outstanding - they executed their plays and Warrington didn't. They had plenty of opportunities but the kicking, chasing and collective game from Wigan is the reason they've got over the line.

    Warrington were the author of their own downfall, they just couldn't finish their plays and their kicking game wasn't as good as Wigan's.


    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin lifts the trophy aloft, fireworks light up the otherwise darkened Old Trafford stadium, the tickertape soars in the cooling skies and elation is spread richly across the faces of the Warriors players.

    Warrington fans won't agree, but there's a lot of sentiment for Wigan tonight.

    Wigan lift the trophy
  6. Post update

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    The Wigan players are soaking up their individual names being called out aloud the PA system, with the crowd cheering everyone...

    Soon it'll be Sean O'Loughlin's turn... and the trophy will be presented.

  7. Tender goodbye

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    At the conclusion of his final game for Wigan, the tears started to flow for full-back Sam Tomkins.

    The England man is off to Catalans at the end of this campaign, once his Test commitments are over.

    Tomkins was consoled and comforted by teammate Willie Isa, an emotional end to a successful second spell at the Warriors.

    He will collect a hugely significant winners ring.

    Tom Tomkins at full time
  8. 'You don't get many chances to score against a quality side like Wigan'

    Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Warrington full-back and Harry Sunderland Trophy winner for man of the match Stefan Ratchford told Sky Sports:

    "We had linebreaks, a few opportunities but didn't execute that last pass.We had chances to win it.

    You don't get many chances to score against a quality side like Wigan and you've got to take them."

  9. 'I've lived the dream, it's an outstanding feeling.'

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Departing Wigan boss Shaun Wane told Sky Sports:

    "I just wanted the win against a champion team,"

    "It's coming to an end, it's the perfect way to finish. I've got so much respect for the players.

    "I've lived the dream, it's an outstanding feeling."

    Captain Sean O'Loughlin added:

    "It's going to be tough without Shaun, he's been fantastic for us and he'll be sorely missed."

  10. 'Wigan have looked invincible'

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Ray French

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Wigan, as a team, in the latter stages of this season have looked invincible.

    They've not been the Wigan of old scoring point after point but you just cannot score against them.

    That's the key to their game and Warrington threw everything, absolutely everything at them.

    They moved the ball around, they got it to their wing men more than Wigan did but you've got to get your name on the scoreboard and they just couldn't do that.

    Wigan celebrate
  11. 'It's been a dream'

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Wigan back-rower John Bateman told Sky Sports:

    "It's been a dream I've always been talking about.

    "We're professionals, we go out on the field to take a team like Warrington on, you can't be emotional.

    "I've got three Tests to go after this, I'm going to miss these lads."

    John Bateman celebrates
  12. 'Warrington didn't take opportunities'

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Iestyn Harris

    Former Great Britain and Wales international on BBC Radio 5 live

    Fully deserved by Wigan Warriors. From the start of the top eight they haven't lost a match.

    They were brilliant in the semi-final last week and they've absolutely strangled the life out of Warrington Wolves tonight.

    Warrington had their opportunities but they haven't taken them.

  13. 'The defence was outstanding'

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Wigan winger Dom Manfredi told Sky Sports:

    "I'm lost for words, I can't believe it. It's unbelievable, full credit to the boys, all I had to do was put the ball down.

    "We knew we had to stick in there and there would be an opportunity like that.

    "The defence was outstanding, if you don't have it you have no chance."

  14. Wigan deserved that

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Paul Highton

    Former Salford and Wales forward, BBC Radio Manchester

    You have to say that Wigan deserved that and they've deserved this win and it is a win now.

    The way they've defended, the way they've scrambled and the togetherness they've shown.

    I said before the game that the emotion and the magnitude of this game on so many levels, not just because it's a grand final but the calibre of player and the head coach who's got the affiliation of 30 years to that club.

    That has been epitomised in that performance today and that try has sealed what has been a fantastic performance.

  15. Post update

    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    It's for Shaun Wane - the man who guided this crop of Wigan talents.

    It's for Sam Tomkins - twice a Wigan hero, twice bowing out in a Grand Final.

    It's for John Bateman - became a man, an England international and a champion at Wigan.

    It's for Ryan Sutton - the prop who launched his career at the Warriors and secured a move to the NRL.

    It's for Dom Manfredi - back from injury, scores two tries to earn his gaffer the title.

    Wigan celebrate their third try
  16. 'Well deserved'

    Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England forward on BBC Radio 5 live

    What a performance from Wigan, it's not been remarkable but it's been the slow death of the Warrington Wolves, they've ground it out and they've waited for their opportunity to strike and they struck it with not long left.

    It's well deserved.


    FT: Wigan 12-4 Warrington

  18. Post update

    Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Final 10 seconds...

  19. NO TRY

    Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    It's no good. It's a crushing end. No consolation for the Wire.

  20. TRY REVIEW - Warrington

    Wigan 12-4 Warrington

    Warrington have a dig at a try... looks like Toby King might have dropped it.