Dónal Óg Cusack believes that the forwards with 'magic in their wrists' will fire Tipperary to All-Ireland final victory over Kilkenny on Sunday.
The Cats have the advantage over Tipp since their modern rivalry burst into life in the 2009 Liam MacCarthy Cup decider – winning five, losing two and drawing one of their eight championship meetings over the past 11 seasons.
But they won their most recent All-Ireland final meeting in 2016 and Cork legend Cusack thinks that they’ll repeat the dose this weekend.
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"I do think it’s going to be a Tipp victory," he said, speaking on the latest episode of the RTÉ GAA Podcast. "There’s magic in those Tipp forwards’ wrists. When I talk about magic, I talk about the kind of goals they score, the combinations they create."
Cusack referenced Séamus Callanan's brilliant goal in Tipp's All-Ireland semi-final win over Wexford, when he took the ball low to the ground, pulling on the half-volley and into the net as a prime example of these conjuring abilities
He said: "There’s magic in those players’ wrists. If we see that on Sunday, and a couple of those type of goals, Tipperary will win."
He also feels that their come-from-behind win over the Yellow Bellies the last day should fill them with confidence.
"This is on the back of failing to win an championship game in 2018. You have a Tipp team coming into 2019 on the back of such a poor season and the resilience they showed in the All-Ireland semi-final was almost like a duel between two warriors," he said.
"The Wexford warrior thought they had beaten the Tipperary warrior into the ground and just when the opportunity was there to finish them off, the Tipperary warrior turned around, had a blade in their hand and stuck it into Wexford’s stomach."
Wexford were a goal and a man up coming down the stretch, but they were outscored by 0-12 to 1-02 late on as Tipp booked a final appearance and give themselves the chance of winning a third All-Ireland in a single decade for the first time since the 1960’s.
"This was Wexford’s chance, five points up and everything looking good, and that should give them great confidence," said Cusack.
"The one question mark that we always had over Tipp is if it comes down to a battle and if Kilkenny can get you playing the game they want to play it. If the game goes like that the thinking is that Kilkenny will win it, but that semi-final will give Tipperary great confidence going into Sunday’s game."