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Vincent Hogan: 'You have to prove it on the field and I think the character of the boys came out today' -- Corbett

Published 25/06/2012 | 05:00

Emancipation from that striped tyrant in the east may be harder to secure, but Tipperary have begun to cultivate a spirit that keeps the tremulous flame alive.

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The smile reaching across Declan Ryan's face in Cork yesterday was like a sun coming up after months of military grey. Tipp has become the European capital for scandalised gossip in recent weeks, the players supposedly chopping up Commandments like firewood.

Yet, Ryan marshalled a defiant kick from them against Limerick and he summoned a pretty impressive reprise here. For Cork, young and bold, were everything Jimmy Barry-Murphy could have asked them to be after the Sorrowful Mysteries of the league final. But Tipp, even when depleted, looked a team.

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