Hurling review: Rhapsody in Blue

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Well, how about that? Kilkenny might have saved some pride with a late rally to reduce their deficit to five points – and they feel aggrieved about one of their two red cards – but Dublin at one point led by 14 points and can take pride in having battered both of last year’s All-Ireland and League finalists.

The win in Nowlan Park sends the Dubs up to fourth on the rankings chart, while Galway slide two places in the opposite direction despite a valiant effort in Thurles. Tyrone are the week’s other big winners after defeating Fingal by a single point in Swords.

Hurling rankings
(w/e February 22, 2015)
1 Kilkenny 2234
2 Tipperary 2052
3 Cork 1972
4 (+2) Dublin 1937
5 Limerick 1906
6 (-2) Galway 1901
7 Clare 1854
8 Waterford 1782
9 Wexford 1731
10 Offaly 1553
11 Laois 1451
12 Antrim 1437
13 Kerry 1434
14 Carlow 1343
15 Kildare 1299
16 Down 1248
17 Westmeath 1246
18 Meath 1231
19 Derry 1195
20 Wicklow 1082
21 London 1069
22 Mayo 1003
23 Donegal 918
24 (+2) Tyrone 902
25 (-1) FIngal 897
26 (-1) Roscommon 880
27 Armagh 873
28 Louth 740
29 (+1) Monaghan 681
30 (-1) Fermanagh 645
31 Longford 619
32 Warwickshire 532
33 Sligo 381
34 Leitrim 276
35 Lancashire 250*

We’ll be back later in the week with previews of the Football and Hurling league fixtures.

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