Former Kilkenny star Richie Power senior believes Cork are a better outfit than the one the Cats beat in the 2019 All-Ireland quarter-final.
“I wouldn’t be frightened of Cork,” Power Snr told. “But I felt all year that if this Cork team got to Croke Park they wouldn’t be simple and I don’t think they will be. If they come with a big performance they will be hard to beat.
“When they have Alan Connolly and Cadogan in the subs it means that they have a second power and when we played Cork the last time they scored 3-18 and Patrick Horgan scored 3-10. They’re not depending on Patrick Horgan like they did a couple of years ago so they’re a better team.”
Power, who expects Kilkenny’s Leinster final performance against Dublin won’t be enough to win on Sunday, knows there is a rising tide in Cork.
“There’s a bit of a buzz about Cork at the moment. They have been down for years and years and years, won an U20, back in another U20 final, in a Munster minor (final) so there is a bit of a buzz about them. I think we will have to hurl well to beat them.”