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Published: 10:02 | 6/9/16

Ryan not getting carried away

Tipperary must keep their feet on the ground to ensure they do not get carried away with their All-Ireland success, manager Michael Ryan has said.

The Premier County's six-year wait for the Liam McCarthy Cup came to an end on Sunday when they defeated Kilkenny by nine points and Ryan is already thinking about defending the All-Ireland title in 2017.

Having seen the team struggle to success following their 2010 triumph, Ryan admits it will take some work to keep them grounded for their title defence.

"This group are mature. The example and leadership coming from those guys is second to none, it really is. They wanted this so badly for Tipperary and it showed in their play," Ryan explained.

"We are going to have to refocus. We will certainly keep our feet on the ground. We are renowned in Tipp for getting carried away with ourselves when we win - we'll see how we get on with that.

"The backroom team we have are very, very strong people, very mature people.

"I think we've learned a lot of hard lessons over the years that we need to manage victory a lot better than we have done."

Tipperary may have had nine points in hand of Kilkenny in Sunday's final but Ryan expects Brian Cody's men to be their main challengers in 2017.

"I know the Kilkenny scene quite well, I worked down there for three of four years, made a lot of good friends down there," Ryan is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent.

"The hurling in Kilkenny is strong than in any other county, that is the simple fact of the matter. Really strong clubs are in the city, with the exception of Ballyhale.

"Nobody should be writing an epitaph or predicting a changing of the guard for Kilkenny. It won't happen."

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