At this stage, it could be argued that Wexford are in bonus territory. 

The county are currently preparing for their first All-Ireland semi-final since 2007 after ending a 15-year wait for a Leinster title.

Playing championship hurling at the business end of the season is a new experience for these players, and while their opponents on Sunday, Tipperary, may be favourites, Wexford have all the qualities necessary to match their Munster opponents. 

The county have been rejuvenated under the guidance of manager Davy Fitzgerald, and the former Clare hurler is expecting a ferocious encounter in Croke Park on Sunday.

"In order to get to an All-Ireland final, we’ve got to win the key battles," Fitzgerald told RTÉ Sport.

"I think the first 25 minutes is going to be everything. If I was Tipperary, I'd probably come out and try to hit us hard, and try test our confidence early. They will probably do that. We’ve got to match that stride for stride and if we can do that we have every chance."

While Fitzgerald acknowledged the fact that Tipperary will enter the game as favourites, his team are no strangers to causing an upset. On their path to the last four, Wexford played out tense draws against Dublin, Galway and Kilkenny, before a thrilling defeat of Kilkenny in the Leinster final.

"Tipp will probably be favourites, yeah. They've won five out of six games. Their forward line, being totally honest, is one of the best in the country. We've got to be really tight, tighter than we’ve ever been. But I think it’s going to be a phenomenal game. I think it’s going to be tight and we’ve just got to tear into it and see what happens."

Tipperary's most obvious strength lies in the lethal amount of talent they possess in their forwards, with Séamus Callanan finding the net in every championship outing this season.

Yet while the front six have been shooting the lights out, Tipperary have also been extremely hard to break down in defence. In their four Munster championship round robin games, Tipperary only conceded one goal.

Manager Liam Sheedy has been quick to point out that his team are much more than a scoring machine.

"I think overall we have some very, very good players, but I think All-Ireland semi-finals are won by the strength of the overall pack," Sheedy said.

Séamus Callanan has found the net in every championship outing this season

"I think it's going to take 15 formidable performances to start the job and obviously five more to come in off the bench. I think it’s a 20 man game now, and as I said we have assembled a serious panel, and that panel is going to be tested to the full on Sunday.

"I think when we perform and play to our potential, we can be a match for anybody. I think I've seen that throughout this Championship. You know, we had 300 minutes of really, really good action in the round robin of the Munster championship. So we would be looking to find that level of form again.

"We know if we find that level of form, we have a chance of being through to an All-Ireland final. If we don’t, certainly Wexford are a formidable opposition and we’ll come up short. But from our perspective, we’re really looking forward to getting back out there on that pitch."

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