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Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald had paid tribute to the game of hurling after his side and Waterford played out a thrilling draw in the Allianz League final on Sunday at Semple Stadium.
Some observers pointed to the high number of wides during the 70 minutes and extra-time to question the standard of the play on show but with late equalisers from Conor McGrath and Maurice Shanahan, the level of excitement couldn't be doubted.
However, Fitzgerald had nothing but praise for both sides and the entertainment the sport can provide.
"I can't wait, I really can't wait for the next day. We had a great battle out there between two great teams. That's what hurling is about," he told RTÉ Sport.
"You want a man's game, you want it toe-to-toe and that's what it was today.
"We had to stand up at the end of normal time and Conor McGrath had to put over a free that was absolutely incredible. I'm so proud of him for what he did. Everything was on the line and he did it.
"Fair play to Maurice Shanahan at the end. He did it when he had to do it.
"As a hurling game, it was a savage game. That's the way I saw it, maybe you saw it differently.
"Both teams gave it everything. It was pretty nerve-racking stuff. If you don't like that ebb and flow, well I don't know what to say."