Tuesday 20 February 2018

'This is not a good Tipp team, never mind a great one' - Ger Loughnane criticises Premier 'softness'

Ger Loughnane believes their is a softness to Tipperary
Ger Loughnane believes their is a softness to Tipperary
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ger Loughnane believes Tipperary suffered from a 'softness' and 'complacency' in their 16-point humiliation at the hands of a rampant Galway team.

Michael Ryan's men were overwhelmed throughout the game and failed to deal with the physicality the Tribesmen brought to the table.

When you consider that Micheál Donoghue's men hit 17 wides and dropped a number of efforts short, it could have been a lot worse for the reigning All-Ireland champions.

Writing in his column in the Irish Daily Star today, Loughnane claimed it was now evident why Ryan had been downplaying his charges since they lifted Liam McCarthy last September.

"He has done everything he possibly can to stop softness and complacency taking hold, but how can you really do that with the players he has," he said.

"The softness and complacency has been fed by the commentary around this Tipperary team.

"Some have been comparing them to Kilkenny, even though they haven't put All-Ireland back-to-back!

"Comparisons have been made with the Dublin footballers, with claims that Tipp's second 15 is as strong a their first team.

"What utter nonsense. Tipp had five or six players playing yesterday that aren't top class inter-county hurlers.

"So how can you talk of Tipp being great? This isn't even a good Tipperary team, let alone a great one.

"True, they have their good days, but days like yesterday make it clear how far they have to travel.

"A good team, let alone a great team, wouldn't be beaten out the gate like Tipp were by Galway yesterday.

"A good team, let alone a great team, wouldn't give up an eight-point lead to an average Kilkenny side on their own turf in Thurles."

Loughnane believes a lack of pace and a soft streak are the two main problems facing the Premier county as they seek to defend their All-Ireland crown.

"Galway physically dominated Tipperary totally and their pace was something Tipp couldn't cope with.

"The Mahers couldn't deal with it, James Barry couldn't stick it.

They were all exposed. Tipp's lack of pace, that Kilkenny didn't expose last year, was brutally exposed by Galway yesterday."

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