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Limerick v Cork: Combined XV Ahead Of Sunday’s Hurling Semi-Final

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Sunday’s semi-final is set to be one of the most-hotly contested encounters of the summer. Both teams are evenly-matched and we have compiled a list of the best XV from the two sides.

1 Anthony Nash

You can’t have a conversation about the best hurling goalkeepers in the country without including the name, Anthony Nash. His puck-outs are the launchpad for every Cork attack and he is the masterful at one-on-one saves, matched only by Kilkenny’s Eoin Murphy.

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2 Colm Spillane 

Cork’s full-back line has come in for much criticism this summer but on an individual level, Colm Spillane has shone. He is so calm under pressure and his delivery is always superb. The Limerick forwards will try and use their pace to full effect but he is more than capable of matching them.

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3 Mike Casey

Mike Casey has been rock-solid in his appearances for Limerick at full-back during this championship. Their full-back line work so well as a unit and always dig each other out of trouble. He is so efficient on the ball and is brilliant under the high ball.

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4 Sean Finn

Sean Finn is such an instinctive corner-back with such an incredible ability to read the game and predict where the danger will be. He is big and powerful and well able to out-muscle his opponent. He also has the pace to match. Will have a fantastic battle with Harnedy on Sunday.

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5 Dan Morrissey 

Dan Morrissey could do no wrong in the game against Kilkenny with everything he touched turning to gold. His fielding was exceptional, his delivery immense and the Kilkenny forwards could find no way around him. The Limerick half-back line is key to their success and Morrissey is at the heart of it.

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6 Declan Hannon

Declan Hannon is only 25 but the Limerick captain is one of the more experienced heads on the team and he just epitomises ‘leading by example’. He is one of their most consistent players and his contribution cannot be overstated. He is the rock of the Limerick defence.

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7 Mark Coleman

Cork’s young players have been to the fore this summer and a great example is Mark Coleman. His skill level is incredible as he proved with his sideline cut in the Munster final. The 20-year-old just hoovers up every ball that comes his way and you can always count on him for a score.

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8 Darragh Fitzgibbon

We could well be looking at another Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year nominee in Darragh Fitzgibbon. Considering he is only 21-years-old, his maturity levels are admirable. He knows exactly what to do when he is on the ball and never panics.

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9 Cian Lynch

Cian Lynch has taken a step back from the scoring role that we are used to seeing him in this season and is more of a playmaker. He covers so much ground in midfield and wins so much scrappy possession. Yet he can turn on the scoring style in a heartbeat. A vital player for the Treaty.

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10 Luke Meade

Meade is often the ‘unsung hero’ of the Cork forwards but he is an integral part of how they operate. He has a savage work rate and produces some incredibly classy scores. It was Meade’s superbly taken goal in the Munster final that sparked their revival and earned them their spot in Sunday’s game.

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11 Kyle Hayes

Kyle Hayes is a name Cork fans will want to forget as it was his point that forced a draw when these two sides met in the round-robin series in Munster. Like Lynch, he has tended to leave the scoring to his fellow forwards, instead you will find him roaming the length of the pitch in search of possession.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 3, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork 2/6/2018

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12 Tom Morrissey

Tom Morrissey was the name on everyone’s lips after the Kilkenny game with his wonderous point at the end ensuring the win. But his catch and score just after Richie Hogan’s goal summed up his worth perfectly. He is the player that will always turn up when Limerick need him the most.

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13 Patrick Horgan

What can you say about Horgan that hasn’t been said before? He remains one of the few great hurlers without an All Ireland medal to his name but he will be doing everything in his power to change that. His points from play in the Munster final were worth the entry fee alone.

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14 Aaron Gillane 

Gillane will be looking to make amends on Sunday after he received a red card the last time these two teams met. But he returned to the team in the same blistering form he was in beforehand. He caused chaos among the Kilkenny defence in the quarter-final and produced some great saves from Murphy.

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15 Seamus Harnedy

Cork’s captain is their leader in every sense of the word. He has shown sensational form in Munster, scoring 3-14. The St Ita’s man was key to their recovery in the Munster final, setting up Luke Meade for his goal before scoring a brilliant point himself. Cork are apparently sweating on his fitness for the game.

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter