Former Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell has been impressed with the exploits of Huw Lawlor in the full-back line for his native county.

The O'Loughlin Gaels clubman burst onto the scene in 2019 making his senior competitive debut in the Allianz League against Cork and his championship debut against Dublin in May.

"Huw Lawlor was excellent in the Leinster final in a situation where at times Pádraig Walsh got pulled left, right and centre and there were open spaces there, he dealt with everything very well.

"He is very strong," Tyrrell told RTÉ Sport.

"He is excellent in the air and as a full-back that gives you a great base to solidify the square but he is going to be asked questions he hasn’t been asked this year when they play Cork.

"With Alan Cadogan and Patrick Horgan up front for Cork, this is going to be a movement-based forward line focused on the creation of space.

"By contrast, in the Leinster final Wexford were a little more route one with Conor McDonald at times and that suited Huw.

"He’s had all the answers so far but he has a big, big test coming this weekend. In fairness to Huw you can give him ten out of ten so far for how he stands up to the opposition. He’s been hugely impressive."

The two teams will meet in Croke Park on Sunday in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Cork scored 1-40 when they defeated Westmeath in their preliminary quarter-final and Tyrrell feels they will provide a stern test for Brian Cody’s Kilkenny.

"Cork like to play an open expansive game, Kilkenny like the open ground. It could be a bit of a shootout, the strongest facet of Cork is their attack, they have put up high scores.

"They probably have three or four of the deadliest forwards in the country in Patrick Horgan Alan Cadogan and Seamus Harnedy, they are guys who love space, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Shane Kingston, and Aidan Walsh too. They will try open up the Kilkenny defence.

"Likewise with Kilkenny there will be a temptation to throw TJ Reid in at the start on the Cork full-back and maybe pull the corner-forward out and have Colin (Fennelly) and TJ  in there and just try to bypass their half-backline, which launches a lot of their attacks. It will be a bit cagey from that point of view.

"The big question about Cork is their defence it has been shored up since the first game against Tipperary, they have tuned that around with Mark Ellis back."

Jackie Tyrrell in action against Ben O'Connor

Tyrrell has had plenty of experience playing against Cork during his career and while he always enjoyed the open hurling style they brought, the speed of their forwards made him nervous.

"When you played Cork you knew it was always going to be a hurling game, when you played Tipperary it was going to be fire and attrition when you played Waterford and Limerick it was in your face.

"When you play Cork you got to hurl because they like to hurl and their tradition is go out and play an open game of hurling.

"I always liked playing them but there was a nervousness in you, they were always an athletic team, a pacey team.

"I always had that nervousness because speed isn’t my biggest attribute and when you are marking the likes of Ben O’Connor and Joe Deane you always had to be on guard with them."

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