Are the gods lining up behind Tipp's title bid?
Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30
Is Tipperary's name on the MacCarthy Cup this year? Certainly, the planets seem to be aligning neatly for them.
There appears to be an uncanny similarity to 2010, with advantages not of Tipperary's making nudging their way. Six years ago, they came in the form of injuries to Henry Shefflin and Brian Hogan seriously weakening Kilkenny for the final.
This time, the injury bug bit Galway twice, leaving them without Joe Canning and Adrian Tuohy for the second half last Sunday.
It can't be claimed definitively that the double loss decided the game in Tipp's favour, but a case can be made for arguing that between them they would have been worth more than a point to Galway.
Within 24 hours of booking their place in the final, Tipperary learned that Kilkenny will be without Michael Fennelly (left) for the final. It's a massive blow to Kilkenny at a time when their back-up is not as strong as it used to be.