After a couple of traumatic years that saw no championship victories, Waterford hurlers now find themselves in an All-Ireland semi-final and Liam Cahill's emerging side are well equipped to go even further, according to Anthony Daly.

On Saturday evening, the Déise will square off against Kilkenny in the first of the semi-finals at Croke Park. 

After accounting for Cork in their Munster opener, Cahill's men pushed Limerick all the way in the provincial decider. In doing so, they expended a lot of energy, with some fearing they would find it hard to summon up the same resolve against Clare in last weekend's All-Ireland quarter-final. Waterford allayed such fears when setting the tempo early on against the Banner. 

They would run out nine-point winners, with corner-forward Dessie Hutchinson shining as he bagged 2-02 and helped set up other scores.

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Speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, Anthony Daly feels Waterford are in a good place heading in to the face the Cats, and is not worried that they are back out for a third weekend on the spin.

"Back in '13 we had five matches in a row when I was in charge of Dublin and I loved it. We got to do things away from hurling; like kayaking, all good bonding sessions.

"After not winning any games in '18 and '19, Waterford can't say they are burn out. 

"I think they are well equipped to play well. They don't have too many dual players. They'll come out fresh enough, delighted to be there, really buzzing, kind of on a nothing to lose and everything to gain scenario. 

"I hear all this rubbish about it being Liam Cahill's first year and they are going to get better and better. Look, this year might be the chance. Next year, if there is no round-robin again, they could end up being beaten by a Limerick in Munster and then face Galway the next day. While the iron is hot, strike!

"They have a great chance and they need to go all guns blazing."

Hutchinson celebrates his second goal against Clare last weekend

Commenting on Dessie Hutchinson's contribution to the Waterford cause so far, Daly has been impressed and feels the player, who previously enjoyed a soccer career with Brighton and Waterford FC, can cause problems for the Kilkenny rearguard.

"Dessie has been dreaming of Croke Park since he committed back to hurling again and Kilkenny will need to take note," he added.

"He has that vision, he has that step. Kilkenny were in trouble when Eamonn Dillon came on for the Dubs [Leinster quarter-final]. They tightened up the last day, conceded a lot of points instead to Galway.

"Now they have to devise a plan to counteract a real live wire. I'm sure Dessie didn't think he'd be playing at Croke Park so soon. He'll be determined to make an impact." 

Watch Waterford v Kilkenny (6pm Saturday) and Limerick v Galway (4pm Sunday) live on RTÉ2, listen to live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 or follow our live blog on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News app. Highlights on The Sunday Game (9.30pm RTÉ2).