How many times have Kilkenny looked beaten only to catch their opponents with a late charge?

They did it again on Sunday, reeling in a Dublin side who had led from the third minute in the sides' Leinster SHC clash, as Liam Blanchfield scored a game-clinching goal in injury time.

Manager Brian Cody was understandably delighted with the 1-24 to 3-16 final score.

"It would be very difficult for anyone to say they could see us coming back and snatching it at the end. But we did," he told RTÉ Sport.

"Great credit is due to our players because the game ends at the final whistle, not before it.

"If we had given up the ghost at any stage we wouldn’t be heading off with two points.

"We didn’t play particularly well but we’ve won the game and that’s a tribute to our spirit and our relentless pursuit."

Speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, four-time All-Ireland winner with the Cats Kieran Joyce said that he feels  Kilkenny's infusion of fresh blood this winter has restored the trademark hunger we associate with Cody's teams.

"Kilkenny have that doggedness back," he said.

"They probably missed it for the first one or two (League) games.

"When I saw the first Tipp and Kilkenny league match, I saw Kilkenny had that doggedness back again.

"Lads were working and working and there was no give up. That showed there was something there again, a bit of bite, that hounding mentality to not give up.

"That’s from a lot of lads who haven’t had much success underage. They’re getting the opportunity now with Kilkenny and saying ‘I have to put my hand up here’."

Kieran Joyce tackles Patrick 'Bonner' Maher in 2014

Joyce, man of the match in the 2014 All-Ireland final replay victory over Tipperary, called it a day with inter-county hurling this year.

The Rower-Inistioge man only turned 31 in April but didn't want to block the way for a younger man after being told by Brian Cody that he was likely to be a panellist rather than a starter in 2018.

"I featured in the League but pulled a hamstring then so I was out of contention for about six weeks. I came back in and played the first round of the Championship and then didn’t really feature for the rest of the year.

"I met Brian around November and going forward I wasn’t going to be featuring much in the starting line-up. There were younger lads coming in and I didn’t want to be holding on to positions in the panel, taking up a spot from lads who have savage hunger.

"You’d love to keep playing and last as long as you can but it’s a fair commitment now."