Friday 24 May 2019

Liam Sheedy has improved one area that will be invaluable in Tipperary's All Ireland push

Séamus Callanan of Tipperary celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Cork
Séamus Callanan of Tipperary celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Cork

John Morley

After the first round of the Munster Hurling Championship the draw has been blown open with Tipp's revival under Liam Sheedy.

With many pundits and analysts predicting a Cork three-in-a-row in Munster, Tipperary showed the form of 2016 and 2010 with a skilful and physical display of intention.

They are applauded for having some of the most skilful hurlers each year but this weekend the Premier County showed that they can match physicality and work-rate with skill and finishing.

"They looked to be ravenous, they were in great physical condition," said The Irish Independent's Donnchadh Boyle on The Throw-In podcast, in association with Bord Gais Energy.

"Tipp just bullied them in the work-rate department, that's unusual from Cork and it's unusual from Daniel Kearney," said Michael Verney as he reflected on Seamus Callanan running away from Kearney for his goal.

"It's probably a mixture of the two, Tipp were outrageously good but Cork were outrageously bad," he added.

Boyle highlighted that Sheedy knew the blueprint for the win well before the match would be matching their skill with intensity.

"Tipp have very skilful players but [they would] be bringing that and complimenting it with a really high work-rate," he added.

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Brendan Cummins believes the real test of this Tipp team will be how their forwards deal with more crowded defensive systems like Waterford's.

"When there are bodies on bodies, and they challenges are flying and there's eight or nine defenders on four or five forwards, like there probably will against Waterford, that's going to be the next challenge for them, and we'll know more about them then," said Cummins.

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