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Loser leaves town: Waterford and Kilkenny set for qualifier showdown on Saturday

Dublin will play Tipperary in the other Round 2 hurling qualifier.

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WATERFORD AND KILKENNY will meet this weekend in a repeat of last year’s thrilling All-Ireland hurling semi-final.

The pair have been drawn together in a mouthwatering Round 2 qualifier, with Dublin set to face Tipperary.

Both games will be played this Saturday, 8 July. The CCCC will confirm venues and times for both games later this afternoon.

Saturday’s clash will be a chance for Waterford to finally topple the Cats and make amends for a heartbreaking end to last season, when Kilkenny rallied late to force the All-Ireland semi-final to a replay which they then went on to win by two points.

Despite a flat showing in their defeat to Cork, the Déise are arguably in the better form of the two teams. Derek McGrath’s side blew past Offaly last weekend, putting up a massive 1-35 to get their championship campaign back on track, while Kilkenny were pushed to the wire by a young Limerick side before digging out a three-point win.

Meanwhile, defending All-Ireland champions Tipperary will hope to improve again when they face Dublin. Tipp were nine-point winners against Westmeath in Round 1, but failed to impress for long stretches, while Dublin comfortably accounted for Laois with a 2-28 to 1-15 win.

All-Ireland senior hurling Round 2 qualifiers

  • Dublin v Tipperary
  • Waterford v Kilkenny

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