Monday 26 September 2016

Is Munster final September dress rehearsal?

John Mullane

Published 06/07/2015 | 02:30

The belief is there that Derek McGrath and his team can beat Tipperary
The belief is there that Derek McGrath and his team can beat Tipperary

Hurling fans are wondering how Waterford are going to beat Tipperary in next Sunday's Munster final but I'd flip that on its head.

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How are Tipperary going to beat Waterford is the question I'd ask, because this is a Waterford team that hasn't lost a game in League and championship this year.

No team in the country has come up with a system to break down Waterford but at the start of the year, Tipperary were my choice to win the Munster and All-Ireland titles.

I still stand over that but I would not rule out the Munster final serving as a dress rehearsal for a September repeat.

I'm buzzing for next Sunday's game and the county is on the crest of a wave right now. I'm driving around in my car and it seems that every second person is walking around with a hurley in hand.

That's the knock-on effect of success and hopefully it's the start of something special for Waterford over the next few years.

And the belief is there that Derek McGrath and his team can beat Tipperary.

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