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Cody's on red alert

KILKENNY boss Brian Cody is on red alert ahead of Sunday's Leinster SHC semi-final clash with Dublin in Croke Park (2.0), writes Conor McKeon.

The five-in-a-row chasing Cats have been out of competitive action since April 18, their final round NHL defeat of Waterford and Cody says that Dublin's nine-point defeat of Laois in the Leinster quarter-final hands them the advantage.

"Having played a game is hugely important," said Cody. "You can train and train but until you play a game, you don't really know how you're going. You can think you are going fine but you only find out how things really are when you go into action in the championship."

Cody, who was in attendance in Nowlan Park as Anthony Daly's men survived an early scare against Laois, admitted he was impressed by the size of the Dublin team. "They're a big physically strong team," he stated. "They obviously have a lot of strength and conditioning work behind them."