Cork dealt with the relentless rhythm of the new round robin championship better than most - recording two draws and a win in three weeks to sit top of the Munster SHC.
Three games in as many weeks has been a challenge for many thus far.
Offaly looked jaded last week against Wexford, the Model men were second all day to Galway on Saturday, while Kilkenny will be glad for this weekend off after their unusually languid display against the Tribesmen last week.
Cork were not at their best against 14-man Limerick in Páirc Úi Chaoimh on Saturday evening, but they pulled out a draw against the Division 1B champions and arguably should have snatched the win at the death.
Manager John Meyler will welcome the break now as his team can rest up before facing Waterford in Thurles in their final game.
"On to Waterford now in two weeks' time. We could use a week off, we will be fresher and we will be ready to go," Meyler told RTÉ Sport.
The former Wexford manager was frustrated by his team's second hand performance as 14-man Limerick turned the match on its head, but credited his side's doggedness as they were a single pass from stealing the two points.
"We lost our shape midway through the second half but we showed great spirit to come back again. Great fighting spirit. Incredible game of hurling again tonight.
"Michael Cahalane could have passed that last ball there but he didn't. Fair play to Limerick they blocked him down."
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