Hungry Kilkenny still the team to beat
Published 22/06/2015 | 02:30
Kilkenny showed that they have wintered well but then again, that was hardly a surprise to anyone.
A lot of talk will rightly be about Ger Aylward but he isn't that young and has been around the set-up for a while now,
He came back from a stint in Australia and suffered a couple of injuries, but the people of Kilkenny have known how good he is and yesterday was just a case of him proving that to wider public.
Brian Cody has his side firing and they are still the team to beat.
The one big thing about Kilkenny under Cody is that they never look over-cooked. The players looked fresh and hungry and Wexford just couldn't live with them.
Wexford were very nervous and jittery and that showed in their play. You can't afford to be like that in a Leinster semi-final and definitely not against a Kilkenny side who were firing on all cylinders.
There was no shame in Wexford losing. They'll regroup and like Limerick will hope for a favourable draw, but the Kilkenny juggernaut rumbles on.
On Saturday, Galway built on the momentum from their win over Dublin. Johnny Coen's goal was a fluke but once it went in, the floodgates opened.
Joe Canning was back on the frees and scored 1-15, which is an impressive haul but he also led by example, which was crucial.
Laois stood off and were very defensive and Galway easily picked them off.
It was another good performance and the forwards are flying but defensively, there is still an awful lot of room for improvement.
Anthony Cunningham will be looking at his defence as a unit because Kilkenny will punish any slackness.
Galway will be delighted to be back in a Leinster final and after they play Kilkenny, they'll have a much better idea of where they are, going forward.