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Cork will need to improve if they are to defeat Tipperary in the Munster SHC quarter-final on Sunday, according to half-forward Bill Cooper.
The Rebels suffered five defeats in the Allianz Hurling League and needed a win over Galway in the play-off to secure their Division 1A status for next season.
They face a daunting trip to Semple Stadium on Sunday and Cooper believes they will have to be at their very best if they are to have any chance of progressing to the Munster semi-finals.
"Getting that win was a good way to end the league but it doesn't paper over the cracks," Cooper reflected. "It's only 70 minutes of hurling, you can't read too much into it either. We know we're a long way behind the likes of Tipperary and Kilkenny and Waterford.
"We're under no illusions about the amount of ground we need to make up. But we got confidence from the win over Galway. It was a do-or-die game, so we got a little bit out of that, but we know we have a lot of work to do yet."
Tipperary defeated Cork when the two sides met in the league earlier this year and Cooper knows the Rebels will find it tough when they renew rivalry at the weekend.
"That wasn't a dead rubber to us. We were looking to win the game and they were far too good for us. In that sense we've a lot of ground to make up - they opened us up at times," Cooper is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.
"They were very good and we haven't had much joy against them in recent years, so it's going to be a tough ask. We've played so many games there that we know the venue well, but it's still home advantage to Tipp."