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Published: 09:30 | 23/5/16

Cork must improve - Ryan


Cork selector Pat Ryan admits the Rebels must improve if they are to have any chance of challenging for the Liam McCarthy Cup.

The Rebels were no match for Tipperary at a rain-soaked Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the Premier County dominating for large parts of the match before seeing off their Munster rivals 0-22 to 0-13.

The defeat means Kieran Kingston's men will have to negotiate the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers, but Ryan believes they will struggle to progress in the competition if they do not improve.

"The way we played, we'd be struggling to beat anyone," Ryan stated. "The lads would be the first to admit that's not good enough for Cork hurling and as a management team, we’ve to take that on the chin as well.

"At the same time, I don't think there are any players that aren't there that are among the best in Cork.

We need to get them better and to get ourselves better. Our marquee forwards didn't play to to the standard. Alan Cadogan was probably the only player you could say gave it his all. There are not many positives.

"In modern hurling, work-rate is the key and we didn't work hard enough. We'll go back to the drawing board and see was it something we've been doing wrong, something we need to change."

Conditions at Semple Stadium were far from ideal as torrential rain battered the Thurles venue but Tipperary adapted well to the weather.

"Clearly, it wasn't one for the ages," Tipperary manager Michael Ryan is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun. "I think Mother Nature played a significant part in that.

"It was almost as if we couldn't play, despite the best efforts of both teams. It was very difficult to play out there. It wasn't at all pretty but it was functional as far as we're concerned. We only came for the win. We are delighted with that."

Although his teamed fared best of all in the conditions, Ryan believes they have plenty to work on.

"We hit some long ball that was poorly-directed. It seemed to be hit right into space where we had no threat so therefore it was coming back up to us just as quick. So we've loads to work on," Ryan admitted."

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