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Con's class to edge clash with Young pretenders

The prospect of Con and Munsters going at it for 80 minutes in Temple Hill recalls the days when the All-Ireland League was the only show in town.

And in particular one afternoon when the Cookies were flying, driven on by a very vocal crowd whose modus operandi was to follow, in a mob, every step of the play up and down the touchline.

So what did the clever lads in Con do? They erected barriers at right angles to the touchline every 10 metres or so, thus preventing the herd of Black and Ambers from making every lineout a battle to hear yourself think.

Con won, as it happened, and despite having lost to Mike Prendergast's team back in February they will be favourites again today. Unlike the Limerick side they are backboned by contracted players, and while Shannon and Garryowen of the old crew have fallen off the pace in recent seasons, Con have kept the flag flying.

Their record is untouchable, topping the league table in the last five campaigns and going on to win the final twice, with the prospect of a third now if they can get past Munsters. They have been learning to live without wing Simon Zebo whose Munster career at last is beginning to blossom, and feel if they can keep Alan Kingsley out of goal-kicking range then they will be on their way to yet another finals day.

For Munsters it has already been a tremendous campaign, having only come up to the top flight last season as runners up. Their two defeats since Christmas were by one and two points respectively, and they have proven themselves capable of taking something away every time they play. Now that it's knockout out the stakes are that bit higher.

Cork Con v Young Munster,

RTE2, 2.30

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