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Even though I was impressed by Dublin last weekend, I felt that played too much tippy-tappy hurling against Kilkenny. They overplayed with their passing, and had they had gone more direct at times, they could have came out with a victory over The Cats.
But, even though there was some erratic shooting from The Dubs at times, I liked a lot of what I saw from them. If Mattie Kenny’s side can get there shooting sorted this weekend, I believe they’ll see off Laois by a wide margin and cover the (-8) handicap on offer.
Both of these teams impressed me on their first outings last weekend. They both looked up to speed hurling wise and put up the best showings we could have expected from them respectively. I wasn’t surprised to see Cork win against my own county of Waterford, I did tip it after all. The Rebels shot the lights out though, hitting The Déise for 5-22.
Meanwhile, Tipperary were more on the flip side of Cork, in that they were more defensively minded in how they set up for the clash with Limerick. Tipp tried to nullify the Limerick system of play and funneled a lot of players into their defense, that made for a low-scoring draw against the All-Ireland champions. Which was quite a respectable result given that Tipp were away from home.
Cork absolutely love going to Thurles to play, so they won’t have any fear of going to play Tipperary there. For their part, I believe Liam Sheedy will want to learn more about his Tipp panel and he’ll use this game to do it.
I believe Cork’s need for victory is greater going into this though. All I hear coming out of the camp is that they want consistency this season. The Rebels management are looking for improvement week-on-week from their men and for them not to play in fits-and-starts like they have in previous campaigns. That has swung my vote in the favour of The Rebels this weekend.
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