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Tipp attack to daze the Déise

LAR'S back. No Eoin Kelly, though. The two became so synonymous with each other during the Liam Sheedy years that it's tough to imagine one without the other.

In fact, it's the first time the aforementioned Corbett has started a Championship match for Tipperary without Kelly since the last act of 'Babs' Keating's reign in 2004 when they were beaten by Wexford in a shock of seismic proportions.

Doubtless, Kelly will make some impact but on the reasons-to-be-cheerful side of things for Tipperary, their other forwards are taking more of the slack.

And Corbett -- in his significant cameo against Cork -- displayed signs that he is nearing his elusive best.

He might not have rattled the net, but his ability to find useful space, draw a defender and have the peripheral vision and wherewithal to execute a pass to Noel McGrath granted Tipperary a vital goal in their Munster semi-final win and there was plenty more besides to be admired.

Pa Bourke is blossoming, as is Brian O'Meara and with Kelly and Seamus Callanan manning the bench, there isn't another hurling outfit in Ireland with the sort of fire-power possessed by Declan Ryan.

Gearóid Ryan -- who loses his spot to Corbett -- can even feel hard done by. He scored a point against the Rebels but put in a hugely industrious performance and represents another strong option should the need arise.

And with Tipp struggling -- albeit successfully in the end -- to put away Limerick and then Cork, tomorrow's clash with a doughy Waterford side is anything but a 'gimme'.

It's Waterford's ninth final since 2002 and there remain enough players with enough experience from enough of those matches to present a serious obstacle to Tipp's ambitions.

Experience, according to most, was what nudged them over the line against Clare, but that merely suited the narrative. Clare could easily have won that match were it not for some individual interventions from the likes of Eoin Kelly, John Mullane and, in particular, Seamus Prendergast.

Paudie Mahony could be fit to play some part and, if so, the Déise won't be so reliant on the old-stagers. But with all the various attacking threats posed by Tipperary, they should see it through -- if not by the 21-point margin they managed a year ago.

ODDS: Tipp 2/11, Draw 14/1, Waterford 9/2

VERDICT: Tipperary

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; C O'Brien, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O'Mahony, P Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, P Maher, L Corbett; B O'Meara, J O'Brien, N McGrath.

WATERFORD: S O'Keeffe; N Connors, L Lawlor, S Daniels; T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran; S Molumphy, Phil Mahony; Pauric Mahony, S Prendergast, M Shanahan; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O'Brien.