Waterford hurling fans will no doubt be rejoicing after a first win over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park since 2004, but manager Derek McGrath is playing down the significance of the achievement.

The Déise ran out one-point winners over the Black Amber in their Allianz League Division 1A clash on Sunday afternoon.

When asked for his assessment of the victory, McGrath told RTÉ Sport: "The honesty of endeavour from the lads from start to finish was very impressive.

"We are probably a little bit behind where we were last year but to see the honesty of our approach was heart-warming.

"This wasn't a game that we targeted in terms of 'we must win' but to eke out a victory was an added bonus."

Next up for the 2015 champions is a home date with the All-Ireland champions Tipperary next weekend, opponents that are well ahead of the pack in hurling's pecking order, according to McGrath.

"I was at the Tipp match (against Dublin) and they were seriously impressive, they are at a different level to everyone else at the moment," he revealed.

"That's not building them up.

"It's exciting for us as a team that are trying to get little milestones along the way to be playing Tipperary next week.

"It's a brilliant game for us and for the Waterford public."