Waterford maul Cats
Waterford showed Kilkenny no mercy when they handed the home side a 22-point beating in their meeting in Freshford.
The writing was on the wall when Liam O Lionain helped his side to an 11-point lead at the interval, 1-12 to 1-1, and Waterford never looked back. With one round of games left to play Waterford will face Munster rivals Clare, while Kilkenny will go on the road to play Mick O'Dwyer's Wicklow.
Scorers -- Waterford: L O Lionain 1-4, G Hurney 0-5 (0-3f), C McGrath 0-4, B Wall 0-3, W Hennessey (0-2f) M Ahearne 0-2 each, J Phelan, P Hurney, T Gray, R Ahearne 0-1 each. Kilkenny: S Duggan 1-0, P Raftice (0-1f), Graham Laor 0-1 each
Waterford: S Enright; P Ogle, T O Gorman, C Phelan; T Gray, S Briggs, J Phelan; T Prendergast, M Ahearne; B Wall, C Mc Grath, W Hennessey; L O Lionain, R Ahearne, G Hurney. Subs: S Cunningham for R Ahearne (44) B Phelan for Prendergast (54) M O Gorman for Hennessey (57) M O Gorman for Mc Grath (65) P Hurney for O Lionain (67)
Kilkenny: JJ O'Sullivan; M Cody, R O'Hara, T Keohoe; JJ Grace, S Kenny, C Foran; M Farrell, M Malone; S Duggan, P Raftice, M Saunders; JJ Brennan, J Culleton, G Lalor. Subs: L Brennan for Vereker (53), JJ Brennan, for S Duggan (56), D Grennan for Saunders (60), J Brennan for Lalor (64), Padraig Grace for J Culleton (65 mins)
Referee: J Curley (Meath)