Tuesday 21 November 2017

Expert view

Stephen Molumphy

Waterford captain

"Waterford were dumped out of the All-Ireland semi-final by Tipperary and were also on the receiving end of a Kilkenny hammering in the 2008 All-Ireland final, so we know both finalists very well.

"It's going to be a very tight game. Keeping your shape and closing down the space is key for both sides and the team that keeps their game plan will be the winner.

"Tipperary have definitely improved since last year and they will have learned a lot from last year's final. They really picked it up after the Cork defeat last May and they have been going well since.

"Kilkenny have had their injury problems, but they always say they have a good panel of 30 hurlers and that's exactly what they have, even if Henry (Shefflin) doesn't play a full part.

"Like last year, the outcome will be in doubt all the way down to the last couple of minutes. It's very hard to pick between them -- they might even have to go again."

Verdict: Draw

Irish Independent

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