Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has graciously conceded that the Cats were beaten by a better team in the All-Ireland hurling final, after Tipperary's eight points win wrecked his bid for a record fifth successive title.
"We have no, absolutely no if's, but's or maybe's. To me the best team always wins the All-Ireland final," he said.
"Tipp were excellent from start to finish. It was comprehensive. They got a good lead and we kept pegging it back. They went ahead again in the second half but we kept going at it. I'm as proud of the team today as I was this day last year.
"Tipp are an excellent team, I said it all along. We're capable of beating Tipp some days and they're capable of beating us some days."
"They have excellent hurlers and they have excellent young hurlers coming through. They could bring on players who were not even remotely going to weaken their team so I'm not surprised by them."