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Roaring Rebels to defeat Déise

NHL DIVISION 1A

WATERFORD v CORK

(Dungarvan, Tomorrow, 2.0)

HARD to know where Cork are at, given the paucity and meekness of the Tipp challenge and at second glance, it looked just like one of those days when everything they tried came off.

No harm for a team building an identity and duly, Jimmy Barry-Murphy has made three changes for the trip to Dungarvan.

Peter O'Brien and Seamus Harnedy make their league debuts in attack, replacing Luke O'Farrell and Conor Lehane while captain Pa Cronin comes back into midfield, with William Egan dropping out.

ODDS: Waterford 6/4, Draw 10/1, Cork 8/13

VERDICT: Cork

Clare can scalp Tribe

CLARE v GALWAY

(Ennis, Tomorrow, 2.0)

NOTHING like beating Kilkenny to get your season up and running and for Galway, sitting alone at second rating in the hurling charts, you can't beat Kilkenny often enough.

Clare will want to bounce quickly back from the Waterford game, with Nicky O'Connell and Darach Honan expected to be amongst the squad after back and neck injuries and Davy Fitz's men could well cause a shock.

ODDS: Clare 13/8, Draw 10/1, Galway 4/7

VERDICT: Clare

Faith to be rewarded

NHL DIVISION 1B

OFFALY v WEXFORD

(Tullamore, Tomorrow, 2.0)

LIAM DUNNE has named one of the youngest Wexford hurling teams in memory for the trip to Tullamore ... but not exactly by choice.

Keith Rossitter is out with a shoulder injury, PJ Nolan is gone for a further three weeks while Ciarán Kenny, Eoin Quigley, Jack Guiney, Andrew Shore, Diarmuid Lyng and Lee Chin are missing through various ailments, while Tomás Waters is suspended.

Offaly were doughy and resilient, more than anything, against Dublin and that - plus the near-perfect free-taking of Shane Dooley – is the reason they came so close.

ODDS: Offaly 8/13, Draw 10/1, Wexford 6/4

VERDICT: Offaly

Treaty to take Carlow

LIMERICK v CARLOW

(Gaelic Grounds, Tomorrow, 12.45)

LIMERICK'S league programme is heavily stacked with the three probable promotion rivals all coming in the final three weeks, meaning some experimentation is accommodated here.

Alan Dempsey and Cathal King comes in to make their debuts on a team that were frustrated and blunt for large parts against Antrim. It will get much harder from here on in, but they won't be any problems with Carlow.

ODDS: Limerick 1/12, Draw 16/1, Carlow 13/2

VERDICT: Limerick


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