Cork "have to beat Tipperary"

May 07, 2019

Former Cork hurler Diarmuid O'Sullivan.
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Diarmuid O’Sullivan describes Cork’s Munster SHC clash with Tipperary at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday as “make or break”.

The Rebels open their defence of the provincial crown on home soil against Liam Sheedy’s Premier County and ‘The Rock’ feels they simply have to win:

“The Tipp one is huge. Probably, it'll be the one that'll make or break Cork. You’d be very naïve not to think so. Cork have to go to Limerick and they have to go to Ennis so if it doesn’t go Cork’s way, it is a precarious road you would be on,” the Leeside legend told The Irish Daily Star.

“Alright, there’s another game, but you’re home to your biggest rival. We know what the Cork-Tipp rivalry is like. It's raw, it's unapologetic, you can put all the words you want on it but when it comes down to it, it's Cork and Tipp.

“Tipp are in transition with their new management. Cork, we know where they're at in relation to championship pace from last year. They're still licking their wounds, can they pick up and build again? Is a Munster Championship a priority? There's a few questions to be asked but they have to beat Tipperary at home because Munster's a minefield.”

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