Saturday 24 March 2018

The verdict

Jamesie O'Connor

There are compelling cases to be made for both sides in today's final.

Three weeks ago, I would have said Tipperary. Yet the closer the game gets, the more I have oscillated, and the less confident I have become that my initial judgement would be proved right.

We can be certain that Kilkenny will unleash hell today, and Tipperary have to find a way to match it.

Provided they can stay within striking distance, the younger Tipperary legs, and better strength in depth on the bench, might just make the difference in the last ten minutes.

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