Byline: BERNARD FLYNN
THIS game has the makings of a cracker because Cork are now 40 per cent better this year than last.
Dropping Levis and Cronin sends out a direct warning from Billy Morgan that reputations count for nothing, it is performances on the field.
He would have been very disappointed in their poor effort against Fermanagh in Croke Park last year.
They have been building a new look team with seven players playing in their first Munster final and it's a big ask.
They will have gained a bit of confidence from their five-point victory in the league but this will be so different. But Cork have more confidence and belief at this moment.
The worst thing to happen to this Cork team was Kerry's poor display against Limerick, many of the reputations took a battering and showed a few flaws in their game - players like Sullivan, O'Mahoney, Brosnan, O'Sullivan, Galvin and Hassett will need major improvements.
Cork have better forwards with Masters, McCarty, Hayes and the very talented Fintan Gould, whether they can exert the same physical power game Limerick did so effectively is questionable.
The one thing now certain is that Kerry don't like it over physical - they can be put off their game. If you get them in this situation you must put them away.
There may be a surprise come Sunday. Cork firmly believe they have the man …