Tipperary star Brendan Maher says he wasn't shocked by Laois' victory over Dublin to book their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Eddie Brennan's side stunned the Dubs at O'Moore Park last weekend with a thrilling display that came just one week after capturing the Joe McDonagh Cup.

They now face the Premier County on Sunday where a spot in the All-Ireland semi-finals is up for grabs. 

While many consider this to be Laois' greatest hurling victory since defeating Wexford in the 1985 Leinster semi-final, Maher always had a suspicion that they could prevail on home soil.

"I was surprised but not shocked," he said.

"I asked last week who I thought would win and I just fancied Laois in their home field, the field that they're training on all year. They were coming off a great victory the weekend before against Westmeath and I just felt they were in a good place and confidence would be high.

"In your home pitch, you have an advantage. I did fancy them but in the back of my head, I did think that Dublin might have too much for them. They are fully deserved of their victory."

Maher went on to praise Laois for their attractive style of hurling, while also insisting that Tipperary won't understimate the challenge that awaits them this weekend.

Laois players celebrate at the full-time whistle after defeating Dublin

"Their brand of hurling is very impressive," he added in conversation with RTÉ GAA Correspondent Brian Carthy. "We played them in a challenge match earlier in the year and I was impressed with the way they were set-up. They're very fit and they're working together and they're very structured.

"They get a lot of bodies around the ball and tackle hard. They need fitness to do that and that's certainly what they have this year and that's down to the backroom team and the players themselves.

"We most certainly have to be on our toes next Sunday to get a win. We'll treat Laois with the utmost respect.

"I don't think there's any complacency. So, it's a big game, especially for ourselves coming off a defeat in a Munster final. We're very anxious to get back and perform."

Tipperary will be without marquee forward Patrick 'Bonner' Maher for the remainder of the season after he suffered a cruciate ligament tear.

Bonner Maher in action during the Munster championship

The in-form attacker sustained the dreaded knee injury in his side's round-robin win over Limerick, and was a notable absentee when the sides met again the Munster decider along with injured defender Cathal Barrett as Limerick secured the provincial silverware.

Borrisoleigh's Maher says that his namesake continues to play an instrumental role in the Tipperary camp while Barrett is back training ahead of the showdown with Laois in Croke Park.

"Bonner is a huge player for Tipp over the last 10 years. We have the utmost respect for him as a player and as a person. We're devastated for him and I know exactly how he feels, I faced it last year. He has a long road ahead of him, it's a shame that he won't get to put on the jersey for us again this year but he's still very much involved with the group.

"He's in at every training, he's working hard up on the bike on the sidelines. He's giving lots of energy and he's driving lads on and that's hugely important. He's a massive leader for us and even though he won't be on the pitch, he'll be doing his best.

"Although the boys were a huge loss, it's not an excuse to lose a game. It was more so we didn't work hard enough as a collective and Limerick fully deserved the win."