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Rebels praised as Cats' claws trimmed

KILKENNY manager Brian Cody was quick to praise Cork after the Rebels defeated the All-Ireland champions 1-17 to 1-15 in front of a crowd of 6,874 at a sunny Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

"They were definitely the better team, could have won by more," he said. "Their young lads were very impressive. We were probably lucky to lose by only two points, or whatever it was in the end; Cork could have won by more."

Kilkenny's greatest source of scores - Richie Power - scored 1-11 (1-9 from placed balls) before being sent off late in the game for a straight red card for what was deemed a reckless challenge on Eoin Cadogan .

Without the direction of Power and a few fleeting moments from Richie Hogan when he got space, Kilkenny didn't show their usual enterprise in attack.

"Cork never surprise me with their ability to play hurling," said Cody.

"It's a good result for them, they've the makings of a very, very serious team very quickly."

Cody chose to drop nine-time All Star Tommy Walsh from the team for the first time in his career after his concession of 2-3 to Dublin's Danny Sutcliffe at Nowlan Park seven days earlier and did not introduce him when the Cats needed to shut up shop.

WATERFORD carved out their first win of the league campaign as a second-half Shane Walsh goal propelled them to victory over GALWAY at Pearse Stadium, 1-14 to 0-15, and gave them hope of avoiding a relegation play-off against Dublin, who they play next week.

The returning John Mullane caused havoc all day for the Galway rearguard, scoring two points, but was central to all of the Déise men's creative play.

Waterford were sharper to the ball and won most of the 50-50 contests.

Manager Michael Ryan's reaction on the sideline when the final whistle went - he leapt in the air like it was a championship victory - told its own story.

"I felt there was a good performance in this team and that's what we needed because Galway are a good team," he said. "

It does set it up, but Dublin are a very good team and we wouldn't like to get too carried away."