Henry Shefflin: Kilkenny have more ball-winning forwards than Waterford and should edge past
Decorated Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin believes his county will reach yet another All-Ireland final, but is expecting a hard fought battle against Waterford.
The Cats go in search of an eight Liam McCarthy in ten years, but must overcome the surprise package of the year in Munster finalists Waterford at the penultimate stage.
Manager Derek McGrath has said that previous heavy defeats to Kilkenny won't affect his young side, most notably the 23-point drubbing in the 2008 decider, and Shefflin believes it will be a close encounter at Croke Park.
"I think Waterford will perform," he says. It will be close to the end. It could be similar to the Munster Final when Tipp pulled away in the final minutes and I think Kilkenny will do the same."
The Ballyhale Shamrocks club man believes the Cats have too main advantages over their opponents.
"I think they have too much strength and too many ball-winning forwards compared to Waterford that will get them over the line on Sunday."
Read Henry Shefflin's column only in Saturday's Irish Independent.