Kilkenny manager Brian Cody paid tribute to his side's defensive showing in their Leinster hurling final victory over Dublin on Sunday.
The Cats were comfortable 0-24 to 1-09 winners and now go forward to the All-Ireland semi-final on 10 August.
Cody singled out the way his side quelled any hope of a Dubs resurgence in the second half at Croke Park.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "There was a period in the second half when we were under a lot of pressure. Dublin came at us strongly but we defended really well.
"We weathered the storm and finished strongly.
"In saying that, I thought we were strong all over the field. You have to have that if you want to be successful."
Kilkenny's latest success saw them win their first Leinster crown since 2011 in what was their third match in consecutive weeks.
Kilkenny sharpshooter TJ Reid did mention that legs were getting tired late on against the Dubs, but Cody was quick to point that his side are in good shape physically.
"We’ve been in action for three weekends on the trot and had three really tough games. To be Leinster champions at the end of it is what we were looking for," he added.
"We play the game with a very strong tempo and that’s testament to our physical conditioning. Our lads are in very good shape and I have no doubts about that."