When the final whistle blew in O'Moore Park on Sunday the scenes were akin to Jones Road in September.

Laois had pulled off the biggest shock of the year, dumping Dublin out of the championship and securing their spot in the All-Ireland quarter final against Tipperary.

Cork were also in action, they racked up 1-40 against Westmeath in their preliminary quarter-final.

As the dust settles on another weekend of hurling it’s time to rank the remaining six counties.

1. Limerick

John Kiely’s side are still out in front in the race for the Liam MacCarthy. Their impressive display against Tipperary in the Munster final gives them an invincible tag.

It was expected they might struggle to deal with the target on their backs but it certainly doesn’t appear to weigh heavy.

Their defence has been particularly impressive and John Kiely will undoubtedly be happy with the way they contained Tipperary's sharp shooters.

2. Tipperary

Despite Tipperary losing to Limerick they haven’t gone away.

Their resurrection under Liam Sheedy is still on track however the injuries to Bonner Maher and Cathal Barrett will be cause for concern.

They will face Laois on Sunday who are on a three-week run of games so Tipperary will look to exploit that tiredness in the wide open spaces of Croke Park.

3. Wexford

How the Leinster teams will fare against their Munster counterparts is still up for discussion but Davy Fitzgerald's side are the only remaining unbeaten Tier 1 team left.

They look very comfortable tactically under Fitzgerald's watchful eye and have a solid defence and attack.

Their form is peaking at the right time.

4. Cork

Cork remain the hardest to figure out and even after their demolition of Westmeath it’s hard to know how consistent they will be in the latter stages of the championship.

Back to back semi-final appearances show they are capable of getting to the top table but can they deliver the ultimate prize?.

Patrick Horgan, Alan Cadogan and Shane Kingston scored 20 points between them against Westmeath.

5. Kilkenny

Kilkenny are not the force they once were but are still a force to be reckoned with.

They haven’t won the All-Ireland since 2015 and the Leinster final was their third game in-a-row without a win.

Their injured players have returned to fitness but Cody will be hoping a return to form follows.

6. Laois

Laois surprised everyone when they defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland hurling preliminary quarter-finals. Next up is Tipperary who will be wounded after their loss to Limerick.

It will be a third came on the trot for Eddie Brennan's side, although they looked fresh against Dublin meeting Tipperary in Croke Park will be an entirely different prospect than the Dubs.

After Sunday's victory Laois manager Eddie Brennan commended his side.

"They could have been forgiven for going through the motions this week, and saying we're going to enjoy the summer, but they really tucked into it.

"Today we were absolutely brilliant in the execution.

"As the year went on, the skill and the heart grew in them. They're the things that stand to a team when you're in a battle, and your back is to the wall.

"It was their spirit today."