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Kilkenny not a one-man team

Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney look at the myriad threats of the Kilkenny attack line heading into their clash with Waterford

Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney look at the myriad threats of the Kilkenny attack line.

Kilkenny and Waterford last met in the semi-final in 2016 when Kilkenny won a replay by two points.

Their last championship clash was in the 2017 qualifiers when Waterford won by 4-23 to 2-22 in extra-time.

Click play on the video above to watch a discussion on the attacking options available to Brian Cody, and why there is more to the attack than TJ Reid.

PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL
KILKENNY

Kilkenny 3-20 Dublin 2-22 (Leinster Semi-Final)
Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 0-24 (Leinster Final)

TOP SCORERS
TJ Reid…………..2-20 (0-15 frees)
Billy Ryan……….1-2
Richie Hogan…..1-2
Colin Fennelly….1-1

WATERFORD
Waterford 1-28 Cork 1-24 (Munster Semi-Final)
Limerick 0-25 Waterford 0-21 (Munster Final)
Waterford 3-27 Clare 3-18 (All-Ireland Quarter-Final)

TOP SCORERS
Stephen Bennett……..0-24 (0-27 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Dessie Hutchinson…..2-6
Austin Gleeson…………0-8

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2017: Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 aet (All-Ireland Qualifier)
2016: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (All-Ireland Semi-Final) Replay
2016: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland Semi-Final) Draw
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland Semi-Final)
2013: Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 after extra-time (Round 3 Qualifiers)

LAST FIVE SEMI-FINALS
KILKENNY
2019: Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 2-17
2016: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (Replay)
2016: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (Draw)
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2014: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17

WATERFORD
2017: Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20
2016: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (Replay)
2016: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (Draw)
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16

*This will be the 20th time that Brian Cody has led Kilkenny into the All-Ireland Semi-Final since taking over as manager for the 1999 season.

They have won 16, drawn one and lost two of the previous 19, with their only defeats coming against Galway in 2001 and 2005.

It will be the tenth time Cody has led Kilkenny against Waterford in the championship, winning seven, drawing one and losing one.

  • This will be the 15th championship meeting between the counties. Kilkenny won ten of the previous 14 to Waterford’s two while there were two draws.
  • Waterford’s only championship victories over Kilkenny were in the 1959 All-Ireland Final replay and the 2017 qualifiers.
  • Kilkenny’s last defeat in the semi-final was in 2005 when Galway won by three points.

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