Former Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy believes the forwards will be key if the Premier County are to beat Kilkenny in today’s All-Ireland final replay at Croke Park.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Sheedy said: “I think the Tipperary forwards are a unit. They seem to be very much in train with each other. Their movement is extremely good.

“They had the Kilkenny backs and were able to drag them out of position. I think that played to their advantage.

"Kilkenny like to be in their place and in their corners and play in their wings and I think Tipp managed to move them out of those and move them left and right.

“So I think Eamon O’Shea [Tipperary manager] and his backroom team will try to do that again because when this Tipp forward line get moving and they get the open spaces in Croke Park, we’ve seen how deadly they are.”

Sheedy, who managed Tipp to two Munster titles and All-Ireland glory in 2010, continued: “The goal chances Tipp created in the drawn match were phenomenal. They’ll be looking for a similar performance.

“That’s what makes Saturday night’s match intriguing because Kilkenny, normally, if you catch them on the hop once it’s very hard to get them on the hop a second time.

"So I’m really looking forward to the first 10, 15 minutes of this match just to see how the two teams set up.

“I think we could be in for a rip roaring first 10, 15 minutes, whoever can get their noses in front and build up that few points cushion, I think they’ll put themselves in a winning position.”

Live coverage of Kilkenny v Tipperary in the All-Ireland hurling final replay from 4.15pm on RTÉ2 (throw-in 5pm).

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