Dublin’s Liam Rushe says that their 15-point loss to Tipperary in the Allianz National Hurling League semi-final highlights the gulf between the top two divisions.
Anthony Daly’s men won promotion to 1A after beating Limerick in the second tier play-off but were “humiliated” when they faced Tipp in Semple Stadium, according to Rushe.
“We were on top of the world after beating Limerick,” Rushe said in the Irish Independent.
“We achieved our goal, promotion, after getting relegated last year. And then, two weeks later, I suppose Tipp just showed the gulf that's there between Division 1A and 1B.
“They had five or six seriously competitive games in the year, and we probably only had one or two – and I think it just told on the day.
"There's a lesson to be learned from everything. We were embarrassed really, walking off the pitch.
"We were humiliated, and nobody wanted to go training at all that week, so maybe it's probably good to get a bit of a kick in the arse before Championship starts."
"We were embarrassed really, walking off the pitch" - Liam Rushe
Dublin open their Leinster Championship campaign away to Wexford on 8 June.
The Yellow Bellies will be without Jack Guiney for the game.
The free-taker suffered a non-hurling related head injury and, while he may take part in a club game at the weekend, is not in manager Liam Dunne's plans for the moment.