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Kilkenny midfielder Michael Rice is expecting a tough All-Ireland final

Updated: Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 13:41 | Comments

Michael Rice: 'In the Leinster final they were outstanding and blew us out of the water' Michael Rice has to watch from the stands on Sunday
Michael Rice: 'In the Leinster final they were outstanding and blew us out of the water' Michael Rice has to watch from the stands on Sunday

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Michael Rice has praised Galway’s rise to become the main threat to Kilkenny’s dominance in the game ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling final replay in Croke Park.

The Tribesmen have made fantastic progress this year, winning their first Leinster title and earning a replay in the first final with a late Joe Canning point in a game they could have and possibly should have won.

Rice, who will be on the sidelines once again because of the finger injury sustained in the semi-final win over Tipperary, feels it will be another extremely big ask for his side.

The Kilkenny midfielder told RTÉ: “We’ve seen so far that they are a serious, serious team. It is going to be a massive challenge. Obviously in the Leinster final they were outstanding and blew us out of the water.

“They’ve continued that form and it is going to be a tough match again and it will take huge hunger and drive to win it for either team.”

"Obviously in the Leinster final they were outstanding and blew us out of the water" - Michael Rice

Rice was a spectator three weeks ago because of the injury and again he will watch on in Croke Park. He admitted it is difficult not being able to help matters on the field but is excited by the re-match this weekend.

“The last day leading into it was kind of tough. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning were too, the photo before the match and Amhrán na bhFiann, you would be full of energy for them and would really want to get going.

“They would really hit you but I would rather we would have finished it and Kilkenny were All-Ireland champions but it didn’t end that way. It was probably a fair enough result that we have to go at it again. I think everyone is looking forward to it now.”

 
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