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Tipperary 1-14
Kilkenny 0-13

Published 08/03/2010 | 05:00

Richie Hogan finds it tough going against Paul Curran in Thurles. RAY MCMANUS / SPORTSFILE
Richie Hogan finds it tough going against Paul Curran in Thurles. RAY MCMANUS / SPORTSFILE

They swung the doors of Semple Stadium open under a flamed-up sky yesterday and the low-watt glow of early season gave way to blinding light.

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Maybe the best free show that sport has ever summoned saw Tipperary edging a game of authentic heat that sent the 20,254 attendance home, hungrily recycling the detail. It was, as Brian Cody later averred, "Championship-like stuff" that even drew the opposing managers into a sideline quarrel.

With the game slipping into injury-time, some Tipp players reacted angrily to what looked a late pull by JJ Delaney on prostrate substitute Jody Brennan. In the tussle that followed, Liam Sheedy exchanged angry words with Cody before appearing to push the Kilkenny manager in the chest.

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