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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Sheedy's men back in Tipp top shape for Déise challenge

John O'Dwyer
John O'Dwyer

Munster SHC

Tipperary v WATERFORD

(Thurles, Tomorrow, 2.0, Live RTÉ 2)

Some day, Tipperary are going to need to find a new management group and a brand new team.

But for now it seems, the old ones are working perfectly again.

The average age of the incredibly familiar Tipperary team that out-gunned Cork last week in Pairc Uí Chaoimh was 27.5.

If that doesn't seem particularly old, consider for a second the average age of the Limerick team that won last year's All-Ireland - 23.6.

There is a theory that got plenty of airtime this week that posits Liam Sheedy was forced to go with his most experienced and trusted on the basis that had he selected a battalion of recent All-Ireland Under 21 winners and lost, the optics of going back to so many of the team 2010 and '16 All-Ireland winning teams wouldn't be good.

It's irrelevant now anyway.

Sheedy is a known disciplinarian and you only had to witness and shape and form of both 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer and Cathal Barrett to see vibrant evidence of this.

The only asterisks attached to the display and victory is over Cork.

Even on their good days, John Meyler's team concede huge scores, content to allow the game become a shoot-out.

And as highlighted on The Sunday Game some of the Cork marking on easily the most individually talented forward line in hurling was chronically poor.

Waterford meanwhile need something good to happen for them quickly.

They came roaring back at Clare last week largely energised by Aussie Gleeson but the damage was done.

A failure to get on top early here will be terminal.

ODDS: Tipperary 2/5, Draw 9/1, Waterford 5/2

VERDICT: Tipperary

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