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“If they have a right good cut, Waterford are a dangerous animal”

Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney preview the Munster hurling championship clash between Waterford and Clare

Shane and Michael preview the Munster hurling championship clash between Waterford and Clare.

It’s do-or-die for Waterford in this weekend’s huge Munster SHC clash with Clare.

Despite the class that the Deise have in attack, they have managed just 37 points combined from their opening two championship defeats to Limerick and Cork.

They have yet to hit a goal and their poor round-robin form continues a trend which began when the system was first introduced in 2018.

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Austin Gleeson, Dessie Hutchinson and Stephen Bennett are three of the best attacking talents in the game, while Patrick and Padraig Fitzgerald are up-and-coming stars.

Shane and Michael discuss how poor the Deise have looked upfront, and what they can do against a Clare side that is on the back of a huge win over Limerick.

Having lost their first two games, Waterford need to win to give themselves a chance of staying in All-Ireland contention.

It will be a tough ask for Davy Fitzgerald’s men after losing to Limerick and Cork.

Clare lost to Tipperary before bouncing back with a very impressive win over Limerick.

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  • 2022: Clare 3-31 Waterford 2-22 (Munster round robin)
  • 2021: Clare 1-22 Waterford 0-21 (Munster quarter-final)
  • 2019: Clare 1-20 Waterford 0-22 (Munster round robin)
  • 2018: Clare 2-27 Waterford 2-18 (Munster round robin)
  • 2016: Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)

*This will be the 37th championship meeting between the counties, with Clare leading 20-12 while there have been four draws from the previous 36 clashes.

*Clare have won their last four championship game with Waterford who are seeking their first win over the Banner since 2016.

*Waterford have lost their last five Munster championship games (v Limerick, Cork, Clare last year and v Limerick, Cork this year).

*Waterford have yet to score a goal in this year’s championship, having hit 0-19 v Limerick and 0-18 v Cork).

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None of Munster’s five counties are on full points after two rounds, underlining how fiercely-competitive the campaign is.

Cork and Tipperary lead the way with three from a possible four points, followed by Limerick and Clare on two points each while Waterford have yet to pick up a point.

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Round 1: April 22: Antrim 1-19 Dublin 1-19, Corrigan Park; Galway 0-24 Wexford 2-12,
Pearse Stadium; Kilkenny 0-29 Westmeath 0-7, UPMC Nowlan Park.
Round 2: April 29: Wexford 1-30 Antrim 1-26, Chadwicks Wexford Park; Dublin 2-23
Westmeath 1-14, Parnell Park; April 30: Kilkenny 0-28 Galway 1-25, UPMC Nowlan Park.
Round 3: May 6: Dublin 1-22 Wexford 0-23, Croke Park; Galway 6-33 Westmeath 0-17, TEG Cusack Park; May 7: Kilkenny 5-31 Antrim 3-20 Corrigan Park.
Round 4: May 20: Kilkenny v Dublin, UPMC Nowlan Park; May 21: Galway v Antrim, Pearse Stadium; Wexford v Westmeath, Chadwicks Wexford Park.
Round 5: May 28: Wexford v Kilkenny, Chadwicks Wexford Park; Dublin v Galway, Croke Park; Westmeath v Antrim, TEG Cusack Park.

Round 1: April 23: Limerick 1-18 Waterford 0-19, FBD Semple Stadium; Tipperary 5-22 Clare 3-23, Ennis.
Round 2: April 29: Clare 1-24 Limerick 2-20 TUS Gaelic Grounds; April 30: Cork 0-27
Waterford 0-18, Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Round 3: May 6: Cork 4-19 Tipperary 2-25, Pairc Ui Chaoimh; May 13: Waterford v Clare, FBD Semple Stadium.
Round 4: May 21: Clare v Cork, Ennis; Tipperary v Limerick, FBD Semple Stadium.
Round 5: May 28: Limerick v Cork, TUS Gaelic Grounds; Tipperary v Waterford, FBD Semple Stadium.
Final: June 11

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Round 1: Kerry 1-26 Down 1-14; Carlow 5-23 Kildare 0-19; Offaly 3-19 Laois 1-22.
Round 2: April 16: Laois 7-24 Down 0-14; Offaly 2-22 Kildare 3-11; Kerry 0-21 Carlow 0-21.
Round 3: April 22: Kerry 1-17 Kildare 0-14; Carlow 1-22 Laois 1-22; Offaly 1-26 Down 1-15.
Round 4: May 6/7: Offaly 1-24 Kerry 0-16; Laois 1-23 Kildare 0-11; Carlow 6-23 Down 0-28.
Round 5: May 13: Kildare v Down; Carlow v Offaly; Kerry v Laois.

Round 1: April 16: Sligo 2-20 London 1-20; Tyrone 2-20 Derry 2-20; Meath 2-20 Mayo 0-24.
Round 2: May 22: Tyrone 2-22 Mayo 1-17; April 23: London 4-17 Meath 1-24; Derry 4-27 Sligo 2-13.
Round 3: April 29: Meath 1-21 Derry 1-19; April 30: London 2-22 Mayo 0-21; Sligo 0-20 Tyrone 1-16
Round 4: May 13: Sligo v Mayo; Meath v Tyrone; May 14: London v Derry.
May 20: Tyrone v London; Derry v Mayo; Sligo v Meath.

Round 1: April 16: Wicklow 4-25 Louth 0-13; Armagh 2-24 Roscommon 0-18; Donegal 1-21 Fermanagh 0-18.
Round 2: April 22: Wicklow 1-14 Fermanagh 1-12; Donegal 3-20 Armagh 1-16; Roscommon 5-8 Louth 1-17.
Round 3: April 29: Wicklow 3-28 Armagh 3-8; April 30: Donegal 2-25 Roscommon 2-16; Louth 3-17 Fermanagh 3-17.
Round 4: May 13: Fermanagh v Armagh; Donegal v Louth; Wicklow v Roscommon.
Round 5: Armagh v Louth; Donegal v Wicklow; Roscommon v Fermanagh.

Round 1: April 15: Lancashire 3-21 Longford 2-17; April 16: Monaghan 1-18 Leitrim 2-12; Warwickshire 3-15 Cavan 0-22;
Round 2: April 22/23: Cavan 2-16 Monaghan 0-19; Lancashire 4-15 Leitrim 1-15; Longford 2-23 Warwickshire 1-9.
Round 3: April 29/30: Cavan 3-29 Lancashire 5-9; Monaghan 2-26 Warwickshire 1-4;
Longford 0-12 Leitrim 0-8.
Round 4: May 13/14: Longford v Cavan; Warwickshire v Leitrim; Lancashire v Monaghan.
Round 5: May 20: Cavan v Leitrim; Monaghan v Longford; Warwickshire v Lancashire.

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