Tipperary hurling boss Liam Sheedy admits his side were second best to Laois in a number of areas of the field on Sunday.
Speaking after the game which his side won by ten points, Sheedy had the height of praise for Laois and their manager Eddie Brennan.
He said: “Eddie has that team playing really, really well. Laois have a great spirit about them. I witnessed it myself in Portlaoise last Sunday, we seen it there again today.
“They gave us lots of it.We got the eight points clear in the first half, it looked as if we were going to push on but they got it back to four by half time.
“All the talk all week is ‘Laois aren’t in the championship’. That is difficult because I know Eddie and as I said I’ve seen Laois. The way they played last Sunday was admirable down in Portlaoise.
“They have a great spirit about them, they have a really good energy, they’re very good to work the ball out of the defence, they’re well coached with himself and Niall Corcoran.
“They brought a lot to that pitch today. For us, we played second fiddle in a lot of sectors of that game and the one to one battles. There were parts of their play that we had no answer to, so that’s a concern.”
Laois’s Jack Kelly received the man of the match award and Sheedy was also impressed with Rathdowney-Errill’s Mark Kavanagh.
He said: “In fairness to Mark Kavangh, he’s a really, really good striker of the ball.
“Assignments like this are difficult, because everyone’s just expecting you to win and expecting you to blow the opposition away, and we have huge respect for Eddie and the work that he has done in Laois.”
Tipperary will now take on Wexford in the All-Ireland semi final in two weeks time.