Kilkenny captain Adrian Mullen says the tough games against Wexford and Dublin will stand to them as they get ready for the All Ireland Semi-Final.
The cats take on Cork on Sunday afternoon in Croke Park at 3.30 pm.
Adrian says the intensity of those games was high but you’re kept on your toes in training all the time.
“I think those games do stand to you, but at the same time, you have other lads there In training fighting for the jersey and fighting for a spot on the team so you can’t really get ahead of yourself either,” said Adrian.
“You have lads down there to bring you back down to earth and you want to be doing better than them in training so I think that really helps having competition for places as well” he added.
Meanwhile, Cork defender Niall O’Leary faces a race to be fit for Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling semi-final against Kilkenny.
The corner-back picked up a leg injury in the Rebel’s win against Dublin last weekend.
Luke Meade and Conor Cahalane both look set to be fit for Kieran Kingston’s side.