A DRAW for the Rebels on Sunday, and on reflection, it was probably a fair result. Although they were not happy with their second-half performance that saw Tipp come from nine points down at the break to earn the draw.
After their loss last week Tipp fans were expecting a reaction from their side, which showed six changes from that loss to Limerick.
Instead, it was the Rebels that started much the better of the two sides, but you knew there was going to be a reaction from Tipp at some point and that came in the second-half.
In that half Cork were outscored 15 scores to eight and had the game gone on for a bit longer there was a danger we could have lost as momentum was very much with the home side.
Afterwards, Colm Spillane reflected on this and said that overall they are happy with three points from two games.
“Initial reaction is we are a bit disappointed, we were up nine points at half-time and ended up drawing the game.
“But if you look at the bigger picture we have three points after two games, so you would have definitely taken that beforehand.
“I think this format is perfect to get a result like that out of your system. Six days time we are playing Limerick down in the Pairc and I think that’s perfect.
“We have to put this one behind us now and prepare for next week. We will reflect on it, but three out of four points is not a bad start and one we would have taken beforehand.
“We targeted a good start to try and take momentum from the Clare game the last day. I think our game plan was working well and we were playing nice, fast and crisp ball.
“The forwards were working fierce hard and when we were looking out there was always an option for us in the backline and we kind of got the run of them at the start.
“But they were All-Ireland champions two years ago, could have won it again last year, so we always knew they were going to come back at us and that was the way it kind of went.
“I think on the balance of things a draw up here in Thurles is always a good result and we would have taken that, considering the fact they lost last week and knew what a crucial game it was for them.
“You know the quality of players Tipperary have, they are going to come at you, but that’s inter-county hurling. They got a bit of a run at us in the second-half and the crowd got behind them.
“We probably didn’t stick to our game plan enough and drop a few balls that we probably wouldn’t normally and on that basis, a draw was a fair result.
“People are talking about the new format and the fact we have to play now again next week, but I don’t think it’s too bad.
“Since you start playing hurling you are playing a game every week, so I personally don’t mind. I’m lucky too I suppose and I’m nearly finished up now with school so will have plenty of time to recover.
“So I think it’s great playing a game every week and I certainly didn’t feel tired out there today. I think we all felt fresh, so yea I personally like this format.
“But, as I said we will dissect this one, see what we can take out of it and prepare then for the Limerick tie.
“They have won their first game so have two points, we have three, so it’s a big game for us again next week. Whilst it’s vital and we will go out to win all games, I wouldn’t say it’s a must-win as overall it will depend on other results in the end where we finish.
“People might make a big deal out of the fact we are playing our third game in-a-row and Limerick have a week’s rest. But I don’t really see it as a big deal.
“Everyone likes to play every week. When you are playing championship games normally there is a big break in between and I think that’s more frustrating.
“I prefer to play week in, week out and am looking forward to next Saturday night now,” concluded Colm.