Tuesday 24 October 2017

'It was the same old Tipp again – shaping and hiding behind their bulls***' - Jackie Tyrrell doesn't hold back

Kilkenny's Jackie Tyrrell with the Liam MacCarthy Cup after beating Tipp in 2014
Kilkenny's Jackie Tyrrell with the Liam MacCarthy Cup after beating Tipp in 2014

ANYONE who has followed Jackie Tyrrell’s glittering Kilkenny hurling career and seamless transition into punditry will know that the nine-time All-Ireland winner rarely pulls any punches.

Known for his hard-hitting style on the pitch, Tyrrell hasn’t deviated from that approach off it and his autobiography ‘The Warrior’s Code’ will certainly ruffle a few feathers, most notably in Tipperary.

"We viewed all this moving and switching as a means of disguising that they couldn’t take us on, that they hadn’t the ba**s to really go at us. It always felt like they were scared to beat us," Tyrrell said of Tipp’s attack.

The four-time All-Star was particularly scathing when speaking about their controversial 2012 All-Ireland SHC semi-final meeting, which saw Tipp’s Lar Corbett follow Tommy Walsh all over the field despite Tyrrell being detailed to stick to Corbett “like a leech”.

"It was mentally exhausting, but there was no need for any of us to worry," the James Stephens defender wrote.

"Once we got a run on Tipp, we mowed them down. It was the same old Tipp again – shaping and hiding behind their bulls***.

"They hadn’t the ba**s to come out and take us on man for man. We also believed that we could intimidate some of their forwards."

Tyrrell didn’t spare the timber, but when has he ever – and the reader is better for it.

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