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