Former Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell believes the Liam Sheedy and Brian Cody will be happy to face each other in the All-Ireland hurling final and that it will not be a hugely tactical affair.

Kilkenny shocked defending champions Limerick on Saturday, defeating them by one point to seal their spot in the final. Tipperary saw off a strong challenge from Wexford to advance to the decider.

"It's the old Kilkenny-Tipp rivalry, it’s Liam Sheedy versus Brian Cody, there are so many sub-plots," Tyrrell told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

"I’d say they will both be happy they got each other, they both play a similar brand of hurling.

"It won’t be hugely tactical; it will be pretty conventional as much as it can be in the modern game.

"I think Brian and Liam when they sit down will both feel that they can win this. It will be a magical next few weeks, with the craic on the border with Tipp and Kilkenny and the hype will start to build now. It’s so exciting."

Kilkenny have been absent from the All-Ireland final for the last two years but their performance on Saturday against Limerick vanished any doubts about the quality of Cody's current crop of players.

"I'm hugely proud of Brian and all the lads," added Tyrrell.

"The level of performance they brought and sustained, I knew they were going to come to the party with a level of intensity and workrate because that is what Brian demands of them and what they demand of themselves.

"I was worried at half time could they sustain it but they did and a lot of lads came of age on Saturday evening.

"It was a titanic performance and I would argue Brian Cody’s greatest performance as a manager of that Kilkenny team.

"To put it into context it’s a relatively new team, where they got to the last couple of years taking on super All-Ireland champions, it was an unbelievable game and an unbelievable performance. I thought it was jaw-dropping stuff, the hits that went in, it had everything."