He went for them before a ball was pucked and now that they have reached a league final, John Mullane is sticking with Tipperary to land the Division 1 Hurling title.

The former Waterford legend was speaking in the aftermath of Tipp's win over Clare in Sunday's semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Indeed, he has not been shy in making predictions about what might happen in 2014. Back in February, he told RTÉ Sport that Kilkenny would win back the All-Ireland

However, a league title has to be sorted out at Semple Stadium on 4 May and Mullane goes with Eamon O'Shea's side to prevail on home soil.

Speaking on RTÉ's Sunday Sport, he said: "I tipped Tipperary before the league. I'm going to stick with them and the fact that the final is in Thurles is an advantage for them.

"If you look at the way the supporters celebrated the win over Kilkenny, you get a sense that they are behind the team and the management. That certainly will be the case in the final. I fancy Tipperary to beat Kilkenny.

But what of the Cats?

Mullane wasn't exactly singing their praises, although they defeated Galway in the last four.

"I thought Kilkenny were up and down during the course of the 70 minutes," he revealed.

"They were a bit lethargic at times, but when they had to push the button to find that extra gear they did it and got over the line comfortably in the end.