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Cork can regroup in Wexford before bigger tests

By John Mullane

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Jimmy Barry Murphy
Jimmy Barry Murphy

Limerick, Dublin, Clare and Cork are my tips to make it through next weekend's All-Ireland hurling qualifiers. The Cork-Wexford clash is the one that should be most keenly contested and while I wouldn't rule out the draw, the Rebels get a tentative nod to edge it. It's a massive game for both counties who are coming in low on confidence.

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Before the draw was made, Cork would have hoped for a home fixture and they won't be relishing a trip to the sunny south-east.

As Clare found out last year, when a big Wexford support gets behind their team, they can become a formidable force.

But Cork should have a big travelling contingent too and they'll need all the backing they can get in that Wexford Park cauldron.

I don't believe that Wexford will throw much tactically at Cork and so the challenge for the visitors is to bring in one or two new players, reposition others and freshen the thing up.

If Cork get through, they'll face stiffer tests against more tactically aware teams and they'll need to be ready.

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