Incredible Challenge Cup Final viewing figures revealed as Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants deliver classic

Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors did battle in a tremendous Challenge Cup Final on Saturday afternoon.

After a highly-entertaining first-half, both sides were evidently nervous as the second-half trailed on with Huddersfield holding a slender 14-12 lead going into the final moments of the showpiece event.

But, this is a champion team under new head coach Matty Peet and a moment of magic from the Warriors’ number 7 Harry Smith – who kept veteran Tommy Leuluai out of the starting line-up – set Liam Marshall away down the wing.

And, the Wigan man was not about to let up that golden opportunity as the winger ran away, showing great composure to pick up the bouncing ball at the right time.

That sent Wigan fans into raptures as their Huddersfield counterparts sank to their names in disbelief.

And, credit to both teams, they travelled in their thousands to make it a great story at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for what was deemed to be a one-off game.

However, with how big of a success it was taking it to the home of the Premier League side, there have been calls for it to continue at that venue.

With average viewing figures of one million on BBC One and a peak of 1.4 million, it was also a resounding success with viewers tuning in from far and wide.

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28 days ago

Spurs Stadium knocked Wembley into a cocked hat ! Wake up RFL, move with the times – hold the Challenge Cup AND Grand Finals there every season !