Brian Cody always viewed this clash with Tipperary as a necessary game en-route to the All-Ireland Final - the all-to familiar territory for Kilkenny hurlers these times.
The opposition didn’t particularly alter his modus operandi - whether it was Tipp, or whoever they would face, Kilkenny were ready to to meet them head-on. The important thing for them was to win - they did just that and quite convincingly as well.
“I was acutely conscious that today was a means to an end. The prize today is to get to the All-Ireland final. That is the prize that we are after- it is the same one that every other team is after as well. Galway are there and are sitting waiting. Obviously I am very happy, I was actuely aware of the quality of the opposition there at all times. Tipperary are obviously a hugely serious team and, as it turned out, we won well ,but like I said, it is a means to an end and I am not thinking of how we played or didn~t play, we have a huge game to get ready for.
Brian was not worried at half timne despite going in in arrears having played well. Tipperary on the other hand hadn’t functioned but were leading by a point. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full report.