Tactics Talk with Donal O'Grady: How Tipperary's can create space in a crowded Waterford defence

Our hurling analyst tackles two key issues ahead of Sunday’s Munster hurling final.

In last year's Munster final, Tipp full-forward Seamus Callanan was effectively shut down by a packed Waterford defence.

John O'Dwyer became a key component in Tipp's gameplan, which involved doing most of the damage from further out the field.

With O'Dwyer suspended for this year's final, Donal O'Grady feels Tipp may need to find ways to create more space in an area occupied by eight or nine Waterford defenders.

He sees Noel McGrath as central to that plan.

Waterford's two options for dealing with Tipp's puck-outs

Waterford's deep-lying tactical approach allowed Tipperary take a series of short puck-outs when the sides met in last year's Munster final.

Donal O'Grady outlines two ways Waterford can counter Tipp's advantage in this area.

And he believes Waterford must make full-back James Barry Tipp's outlet from restarts.


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