Nicky English: Waterford and Cork ready to pounce on any sign of weakness

Champions Limerick will need to repeat second-half performance from Munster final

Cian Lynch is the fulcrum through which Limerick operate at their best. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cian Lynch is the fulcrum through which Limerick operate at their best. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Here we are, with four teams left standing, in what promises to be an intriguing two days of All-Ireland semi-finals. And the first semi-final between Limerick and Waterford – a rematch of last year’s final – is by no means a foregone conclusion.

I’ll put my hand up straight away and remind everyone that I was one of the few pundits to go for Waterford in last year’s All-Ireland final. Of course that turned out to be a one-way affair with Limerick – 0-30 to 0-19 – ultimately proving their mastery but there are sufficient questions, going back to that day and indeed from this season’s championship, to anticipate a far closer affair on this occasion.

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