Hurling review: The Age of Empires

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When was the last time Kilkenny lost three competitive hurling matches in a row? Suddenly the lack of a pre-season competition, and the absence of the Ballyhale contingent, looks like a huge handicap.

The Cats remain top of our rankings table, but Tipperary gain 37 ratings points at their expense, and the gap between the top two sides is down to 56 – meaning another loss for the Cats this weekend could see them fall off the top (aside from going into the relegation playoffs).

The rest of the table is fairly static this week; Dublin rise one place, despite losing in Clare, because Offaly managed to take victory from Limerick who lose a greater number of points as a result.

Hurling rankings
(w/e March 15, 2015)
1 Kilkenny 2164
2 Tipperary 2108
3 Cork 2030
4 Galway 1910
5 (+1) Dublin 1883
6 (-1) Limerick 1882
7 Clare 1855
8 Waterford 1809
9 Wexford 1735
10 Offaly 1574
11 Laois 1460
12 Antrim 1400
13 Kerry 1396
14 Carlow 1339
15 (+1) Westmeath 1319
16 (-1) Kildare 1317
17 Down 1280
18 Meath 1213
19 Derry 1194
20 London 1079
21 Wicklow 1042
22 Mayo 971
23 Roscommon 942
24 Tyrone 939
25 (+1) Armagh 903
26 (-1) Donegal 888
27 FIngal 803
28 Monaghan 758
29 Louth 693
30 Longford 654
31 Fermanagh 610
32 Warwicks 536
33 Sligo 330
34 Leitrim 288
35 Lancashire 250

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