Yes reminds me a lot of the Kerry attitude in football, keepers of the flame and all that rubbish. Many Ulster teams were sick of taking beatings and being given a condescending pat on the back so when they mixed it up they were called puke football.
If your Waterford do you go xv on xv if you don't think you can beat the bigger counties or do you try something else even if it restricts some of you more skilful players to give yourself a chance of upsetting the odds.
Waterford's lack of inside forwards is boring and hard to look at but they have been taking their beatings from the likes of Kilkenny for 70 odd years but their tactics this year made the game so tight they were able to eek out a result. Do they have better players than their system allows ? Sure but if they win Liam McCarthy playing this way they couldn't give a damn. The top three will always look down their noses at them why look for validation just try to beat them whatever way you can. Ask Armagh, Tyrone or Donegal could they give a damn what commentators thought of them.
All the talk of sweepers and systems a Cork v Tipp final is not beyond possibility. Galway are hot favourites which makes me worry. The favourites tag doesn't sit well with them and the lack of competitive hurling in recent weeks may stand against them.