Jackie Tyrrell believes Cork's lack of baggage and natural swagger will give them every chance of putting it up to Limerick in the All-Ireland SHC final - but he warned that John Kiely's men will be unstoppable if they hit fifth gear.
The Rebels meet the Treaty County in the hurling decider for the first time ever this Sunday having slayed Clare in the quarter-finals and Kilkenny in the semis.
There's huge positivity in the county as they chase the Liam MacCarthy Cup, and Tyrrell expects to come out with all guns blazing.
"It's fresh and new, there's something really nice about that," he told the RTÉ GAA Podcast when looking ahead to he decider.
"You're trying to think of a history and all of that and there is none; it's a new script, it's a fresh page.
"I wouldn't have picked Cork to be in an All-Ireland final.
"This isn't an old, ageing team with the scars of bad defeats before. There's a lot of fresh blood that haven't been to Croke Park before, that haven't really had bad days there. There's no fear.
"Cork come with a swagger. They always come with a confidence that they can beat anybody... so there's a lot going for this Cork team, there really is. I wouldn't have had them in the final and it's maybe a year or two sooner than I thought it would have been. There's some momentum there on the back of the U20s and the minors and things like that. It's a convincing story."
Nonetheless, toppling Limerick will be a monumental challenge.
John Kiely's men blew Tipperary away in the Munster final with a jaw-dropping second-half performance. If they reach anything like that level this weekend, Cork are in trouble, Tyrrell said.
"If they didn't reach the peak of their powers on the second half of their semi-final with Tipp it's a scary hurling world. I just get this sense with Limerick they have a plan, a clear style of play. That's their Plan A and Plan B is to do Plan A even better.
"They remind me a small bit of the Kilkenny team when we were at the peak of our powers.
"Of course they are respectful to their opponents, they look at it and see what they do well, but essentially it's about them.
"If they get the right level of performance with regards to attitude and work rate, their hurling is just instinctive. They'd feel they can beat anyone on any day of the week, and probably twice on a Sunday if that needs to be the case.
"They've landed on the sweet spot where they know what everyone is about. Where teams will tweak it game to game, Limerick are pretty consistent in their approach.
"When they hit fifth gear, nobody can live with them."
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