Ryan's half-time team talk did the trick

May 28, 2018

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan celebrates with fans.
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Tipperary manager Michael Ryan was delighted that his half-time team talk had the desired effect against Cork.

Trailing by nine points at the break, the Premier staged a terrific second half recovery to earn what could yet prove to be a crucial point in the Munster SHC round-robin series.

"Look, it was a horrible first half for us, Cork were all over us," he admitted after the thrilling 2-20 to 1-23 draw.

"We were literally chasing shadows all over Semple Stadium. We didn't get to express ourselves or take control of any part of that first half. It was just Cork, Cork, Cork. We were in dire straits to be honest with you. They had answers for questions we hadn't even asked.

"Some of it wouldn't be printable, but, look, what do you ever say?" he said of his team talk at the break. 

"You're appealing to the characters that these guys are. They're made of way better stuff than that. We weren't in the least happy. To be honest with you, the bucket was holed everywhere at half-time. But only the collective could have turned that around."

Ryan stressed the need for Tipp to reproduce their second half performance against Waterford next weekend.

"We need to play at that level and above. It's coming for us, but we need it to come now. We just have to fight this out as hard as we possibly can," he added.

"We are all trying to fight for our lives."

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