Duignan: Tipp's need is greater

April 06, 2018

Tipperary's James Barry.
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Michael Duignan expects Tipperary's long wait for a win in Nowlan Park to end on Sunday.

The Kilkenny city venue hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Premier County in recent years, but the Offaly great is tipping them to put that right in the latest Allianz Hurling League decider between Kilkenny and Tipp.

"I think Tipp need this win. They haven't won a league since 2008," Duignan said on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland programme.

"Tipperary look to be playing with a freedom and really enjoying their hurling. They have scored an average of 28 points in every match and conceded 24. They're going out and saying 'we'll outscore the opposition'."

Duignan has been impressed by the rebuilding work Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has carried out to his team in a short period of time.

"I've been one of those people that had been saying that I thought it would take a year or two for Brian to build a new team," he continued.

"He's brought in an awful lot of new players. They lost their first two league matches, albeit narrowly, but one thing about Kilkenny is the spirit and will to win never dies.

"The way they've bounced back, with a lot of new faces, has been very impressive. Fair play to them."

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