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Wigan beat Warrington in Challenge Cup final to complete trophy clean sweep

Bevan French led from the front as Wigan recovered from a riotous opening period to wrap up a record-extending 21st Challenge Cup title with an 18-8 win over Warrington at Wembley.

The reigning Super League Man of Steel set up Zach Eckersley for Wigan鈥檚 opening try and stretched over for the second himself to ensure his side also became the first team since 2007 to hold all four of the game鈥檚 major honours at once.

Warrington rallied and Matt Dufty鈥檚 late try gave them a glimmer of hope but in truth they were second best throughout and seldom looked likely to deliver the prestigious silverware to head coach Sam Burgess in his first season in charge.

Tributes to Leeds great Rob Burrow completed the build-up to the final with the 64,845 crowd at Wembley 鈥 the biggest since 2017 鈥 rising for an impeccably-observed minute鈥檚 silence prior to kick-off, and again seven minutes into the match in honour of the shirt he wore with such aplomb.

But the two sides were guilty of taking Burrow鈥檚 famous fighting spirit a little too literally in a wild start that saw both Wigan鈥檚 Mike Cooper and Warrington full-back Dufty sent to the sin bin for separate incidents.

Cooper, preferred for only his third start of the season in the Wigan front row, was penalised by referee Chris Kendall for a swinging arm that left Warrington winger Josh Thewlis prostrate on the turf.

But two minutes later Warrington鈥檚 numerical advantage was wiped out when Dufty also exited for a high tackle on Liam Marshall that sparked a mass confrontation on the touchline.

Fans pay tribute to Rob Burrow ahead of the Betfred Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium
Fans pay tribute to Rob Burrow at Wembley (Bradley Collyer/PA)

But the high-octane start was clearly having an impact, with Burgess鈥 side guilty of being over-eager as they gradually gifted their opponents the initiative, culminating in Wigan鈥檚 opening try in the 19th minute.

After nudging deep into their opponents鈥 territory, French delivered a perfectly-timed grubber into the path of Eckersley, who seized his moment on only his fourth appearance for the club, shrugging off Matty Ashton to touch down.

Ashton鈥檚 knock-on three minutes later from Harry Smith鈥檚 high ball kept Warrington pinned back and led to Wigan鈥檚 second try, Abbas Miski and Jai Field stretching the Wire defence before French touched down following a scrum.

Warrington looked ragged and unfocused, the normally outstanding Williams off the pace, and they were fortunate to reach half-time within touching distance after French stretched an arm over only to be penalised for a marginal double movement.

Ten points adrift, Burgess鈥 side desperately needed to start the second half on the front foot and they came close five minutes after the restart when Ashton grasped a looping pass wide from Williams only to be bundled into touch within sight of the line.

At the other end, Rodrick Tai鈥檚 superb intervention denied Marshall a certain try, and there were signs, particularly through the increasingly influential Williams, that Warrington were stirring.

Bevan French (left, facing) celebrates scoring his side鈥檚 second try of the game
Bevan French (left, facing) celebrates scoring his side鈥檚 second try of the game (John Walton/PA)

Smith鈥檚 third conversion gave Matt Peet鈥檚 men an 18-2 advantage but Warrington responded well and gave themselves a glimmer of hope with 15 minutes remaining when Dufty arrowed in from the left, Thewlis鈥 conversion reducing the arrears to 10.

But Wigan saw out the final moments with the minimum of fuss to take the trophy for the second time in three years and add it to the Grand Final, League Leaders鈥 Shield and World Club Challenge trophies they already own.

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