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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Nowhere safe for the Tribes at Nowlan Park

ALLIANZ NATIONAL HURLING LEAGUE DIV 1A

KILKENNY v GALWAY

(Nowlan Park, Tomorrow, 2.30)

THOSE who railed against the rezoning of Division 1 Hurling land into two smaller districts last year have got their 'told you so' scenario here to hold aloft to the learned decision-makers.

Galway travel to Nowlan Park -- never, we assume, the most comfortable of journeys -- with the possibilities of both a League semi-final place and a relegation play-off distinctly likely.

Losing at home to Waterford last week was inexplicable, even if the Déise performance was from a different plain to anything they had shown before, and the primary reason Galway need to find the unlikeliest of results or potentially play Dublin in two weeks for the booby prize of a drop from hurling's spring elite.

Anthony Cunningham has made a raft of changes -- no wonder, given that Niall Burke was the only player to score for them until the 27th minute last week -- including the recalling of Tony Óg Regan and Joe Cooney, who added some impetus to the Tribesmen's attack last week.

Kilkenny, technically, could be pushed out of the play-off picture here but the chances of them clocking back-to-back defeats is remote.

ODDS: Kilkenny 4/6, Draw 9/1, Galway 11/4

VERDICT: Kilkenny

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