Brendan Cummins believes hurling referees have been getting stricter in recent league games.
The decorated veteran Tipperary goalkeeper believes match officials have been quicker to issue yellow cards to players.
“They are trying, I think, to tighten the rules on hurling up a bit,” he told Today FM’s Ray Darcy Show yesterday.
“A lot of yellow cards were handed out in the last two or three rounds of the league.
“Any time you strike with the hurley now it’s seen as an aggressive move, I suppose, where the purists would say it’s someone just mistiming a tackle.”
Survival or semi-final, Cummins knows just what’s at stake for both Tipperary and Clare in Semple Stadium this Sunday. The Premier county will also be hoping to make amends for losing a five-point lead against Waterford in Walsh Park last Sunday.
“It’s so competitive now. We’re playing Clare in Thurles on Sunday and if we lose we could be in a relegation game. If we win we’re definitely in a league semi-final.
“You have Kilkenny coming back in it again and they lost the first two games but Brian Cody has marshalled the troops down there as he normally does.”
Cummins also revealed he has used just four hurleys between the sticks during his 20-year inter-county career.
“I’ve only ever used four hurleys in the goals for actually stopping the ball,” revealed the 37-year-old, who used a slightly heavier hurley for pucking the ball out. “I mind them.”
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