Eoin Murphy - 6
Certainly couldn't be faulted for any of the goals and played sweeper-keeper well, but his second-half puck-outs generally found Tipp men as he repeatedly drove it long.

Paul Murphy - 7
Like all of his team-mates at the back, he struggled to cope, particularly in the third quarter, but he had a strong first half on Jason Forde.

Huw Lawlor - 6
Had the unenviable job of marking Tipperary captain Séamus Callahan. Held him scoreless in the first half, but he was under pressure in the second as the Tipp man got 1-01 from play.

Joey Holden - 6
Struggled on a number of opponents as Tipp rotated their attack and he was taken off with 12 minutes of normal time remaining.

Conor Fogarty - 6
Had a decent first half when Kilkenny were on top, though he was marking Niall O’Meara when the Tipp forward got a vital goal after 25 minutes.

Walsh battles with John McGrath on the touchline

Pádraig Walsh - 6
Typically brave and surged forward to get a second half point against the tide, though Kilkenny’s main fire-fighter had too many blazes to put out.

Paddy Deegan - 5
Kept Dan McCormack quiet and gets extra marks for getting on so much ball in the second half, but loses them for the amount of it he hit away to a grateful Tipp full-back line.

Conor Browne - 5
Was expected to take Noel McGrath, but was paired with Tipp’s midfield runner Michael Breen and had his hands full. Taken off before the hour.

Cillian Buckley - 5
Got the curly finger, the second Kilkenny man taken off, just after the three-quarters-of-an-hour mark following a hard afternoon marking Noel McGrath.

John Donnelly - 8
Probably the Cats’ best player on a day when most failed to fire. Got three points from play and got some change out of Séamus Kennedy, who had a big day for Tipp.

Eye on the ball - TJ Reid

TJ Reid - 8
Defiant until the end, winning ball in the air, driving forward, assisting scores and winning frees. He scored 0-11, ten from placed balls, though took a few uncharacteristically bad decisions.

Walter Walsh - 7
Was strong in the first half and Tipp tried a number of men on him to quieten him. Sent inside in the second half and got no change from a full-back line well covered by a spare man.

Adrian Mullen - 5
How sick he was or he wasn’t in the build-up to the game remains contested. Whatever, he couldn’t get into his first All-Ireland final and was gone just after half-time.

Colin Fennelly - 6
Didn’t get on much ball so his driving runs were badly missed. Only managed a single second-half point and was well marshalled.

Richie Hogan - 4
Started well and clipped a point before he had to go off with a blood injury. On his return he got himself sent off for leaving one on his marker Cathal Barrett, costing his team.

Billy Ryan dejected in defeat

Billy Ryan (for Mullen 39 mins) - 7

Got two points off the bench in a team on the back foot, which is a good contribution for an All-Ireland final replacement.

Richie Leahy (for Buckley 47 mins) - 5
Got away a shot under pressure, but it drifted wide.

James Maher (for Browne 53 mins) - 5
Wasn’t able to influence a game that was already well gone from his team.

Conor Delaney (for Holden 58 mins) - 5
Wasn’t going to to able to turn this around, coming into a team trailing by three clear goals.