Monday 23 April 2018

Cat-napping Kilkenny in unusually low yield

Waterford manager Derek McGrath (SPORTSFILE)
Waterford manager Derek McGrath (SPORTSFILE)
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Losing to Waterford, who are clearly more advanced with their training, won't have unduly worried Kilkenny but last Sunday's scoreline in Walsh Park still goes down as one of the more unusual results under Brian Cody.

Kilkenny's 0-10 was their lowest score since Dublin restricted them to 1-7 in the 2011 Allianz League final. It was only the fourth time in the Cody era, which started in 1999, that they have scored a total of ten or less points in League or Championship.

And since last Sunday's game was Kilkenny's 202nd under Cody, it shows how rare Waterford's defensive shut-out really was.

Kilkenny's two lowest scores (0-9 each) since 1999 came against Galway in the 2002 League and against Cork in the 2004 All-Ireland final.

Despite Kilkenny's power failure against Waterford, Tipperary will be very wary heading for Nowlan Park next Sunday, knowing that the Cats don't tend to nap in successive games.

As for Waterford, they have taken their League record since this time last year to eight wins and a draw from nine games, with Kilkenny, Cork, Tipperary, Galway and Wexford as their last five victims.

It's some achievement by Derek McGrath and his ambitious squad.

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