Colin Ryan says All-Ireland champions Clare are fully aware that they need to work harder than the rest if they are to repeat the success of 2013.
Ryan top-scored for the Banner with 1-12 as they coasted into the final of the Waterford Crystal Cup, beating UCC 2-28 to 1-04 at Sixmilebridge.
The Newmarket-on-Fergus man told RTÉ Sport: “We know that if we’re to keep ahead of the rest we have to work twice as hard ‘cos they are all looking to knock us a small bit.
"We’re up there, we don’t want to be knocked [off] so we’ll work as hard as we can to do that.
“Get a good start and it builds confidence. The whole team is showing form. There’s plenty of lads there, Bobby Duggan is flying it so I think I have to continue what I’m doing. You want to continue winning and you want to continue working hard.”
The semi-final between Tipperary and UL fell victim to the weather yesterday and has been re-fixed for Sunday, 2 February at 2pm in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh.