After losing their opening game of the Munster Hurling Championship to Limerick last weekend, Sean Og O’hAilpin believes the ideal game for Tipperary to bounce back is Sunday’s Munster clash with Cork.
The two sides meet at Semple Stadium in round 2 of the round robin series. Cork won their first game against Clare but O’hAilpin believes Tipp will relish the challenge that awaits them.
On this week’s Super8s podcast the former Cork hurler said: “As bad as Tipp were over the weekend, they’re not a bad team. Tipp will be eyeing this game more than anyone because they know they have to win. After the weekend that Tipperary had it’d be foolish of Cork to go in next Sunday thinking that they have it in the bag.
O’hAilpin couldn’t comprehend the manner in which Tipp lost to Limerick last weekend. He was baffled with their scoring return from play: “Rarely have I seen in my lifetime they’d only score five points from play. That tells its own story especially with the calibre of players that they have playing with them. I’m baffled by Tipperary. They have smashing players; pound for pound they’ve a better panel and the most skilful unit you’d ever meet. They are just not showing it for some strange reason.”
He believes Tipp need to improve if they are to have any chance of challenging for All-Ireland honours. It’s not time to worry, just yet though: “I wouldn’t say it’s a mini crisis for them; things can turn very quickly and it can. Their season is not over by any manner of means. If they repeat that same intensity or some commitment and determination, they ain’t going to go far this year.”