Have Cork turned a corner? I'd be hesitant to say that they have. A loose game always suits them and Tipp didn't bring any sort of work rate today. Bar Dan McCormack for a small bit in the second half, I don't think they laid a hand on the Cork backs who were allowed pick whatever passes into the forwards that they wanted.
And when they had so much more pace than the Tipp backs, that was a disaster. Tipp miss Bonner an awful lot. Were cleaned out on their own puckout, how many did Ellis win? And Spillane, who Hegarty ran rings around, cleaned out John McGrath. McGrath didn't seem to be up for fighting for 50-50 balls.
Not enough ball went into Callanan either, he scored with practically everything he touched but didn't get enough ball. Missed a goal chance which he should have stuck.
Gleeson is a terrible shot stopper. Has never been great in that regard, but seems to have got worse and inspires no confidence at all now. Any competent keeper would have stopped Kingston's chance.
As for Cork, it is an encouraging performance. I've never seen someone like Lehane play so well, and the younger fellas who we know are talented did well- Kingston, Meade, Fitzgibbon,, Coleman. Stepped up and took responsibility.
But not every game is going to be as loose as that, Waterford will be a different test again. Does blow the Munster Championship open; if Cork can do that to Tipp, there's no reason we can't deliver a performance well above our league campaign either.