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Vincent Hogan: An age-old tale of the hunter and the hunted

Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00

Kilkenny's Michael Rice celebrates victory. Photo: Sportsfile
Kilkenny's Michael Rice celebrates victory. Photo: Sportsfile

There is no science in hurt, no arithmetic in dander and, sometimes, no great military tactic in the overthrow of kings. What Kilkenny did yesterday was as plain as inviting someone outside to defend the family honour. They came to Croke Park primed for war. Sure, they flooded their defensive channels and, unlike last year, told their men not to countenance leaving a sentry post vacant.

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But in an age of innovation, this was Old Testament hurling.

The team that wins the battle is rarely undone by strategy. So ignore the stats men flapping about with an eternity of graphs and tables today. By my reckoning, Kilkenny won just five of their own puck-outs cleanly in the entire game. Maybe all you really need to know is that they won the final two.

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