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Eoin Larkin Column: Waterford Tactics Doing Them No Favours

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It was a fascinating weekend of League action. I wrote about Kilkenny in-depth yesterday, and feel Brian Cody will be happy with his side’s revival. However, things are incredibly tight with one round to go.

The result of the weekend was undoubtedly Cork’s victory in Walsh Park.

That was a huge win for Cork, especially after being beaten in Nowlan Park. Not many saw it coming, I certainly didn’t.

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Waterford went back to the old tactic of seven backs, and not really attacking the game.

They need to really attack and push everyone forward. Attacking as a team and defending as a team.

Waterford are going to have to have to get away from bringing a sweeper back, because it’s not doing them any favours.

We saw in the drawn All-Ireland semi-final last year. They went back to it with five minutes to go. They were really on top of us that day, and they should have pushed on, but they went back into themselves.

I think it’s probably something similar with Dublin, in respect to the head, and they start to panic when they see the finish line.

Cork will be absolutely delighted going down to Waterford and getting two points. It lifts them above Kilkenny in the League table.

They’re at home to Tipperary in the League in two weeks’ time. That’ll be a huge game for them, and if they can come out with two points, they will really build momentum.

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Dublin will be disappointed with their loss in Ennis. This was the second game in a row in which they let a mid-game lead slip.

Once they see the winning line, they’re panicking a small bit. I didn’t see them coming anywhere close to Clare, I thought Clare would push on in Ennis.

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They have the hurlers. They have everything. They were leading by a couple of points with 20 minutes to go. They were then outscored by nine points to two.

It will be a worry for Ger Cunningham. They’ll have to work on getting the confidence back after going ahead twice in the last two games and end up getting beaten.

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It’s going to be a big ask for them, especially with Kilkenny coming to Parnell Park next. They’ll need to up their game, and perform for 70 minutes.


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