Kilkenny enjoyed the luck of the draw and they will have home advantage in the big National Hurling League play-off game at the weekend.
The Cats tackle Clare in the Division IA relegation final in Nowlan Park on Sunday. The losers will drop back to Division IB for the 2016 season.
The counties clash in Nowlan Park yesterday when Brian Cody’s men pulled off a thrilling 2-20 to 2-19 win after surviving a late, late penalty save.
Cody said afterwards he didn’t mind where the relegation shoot-out was going to be played, but a home tie would, no doubt, suit him.
Kilkenny hope to welcome back the Ballyhale Shamrocks contingent, who missed the League entire campagin to date as they concentrated on the All-Ireland club championship, which they ended up winning.
Jackie Tyrrell, who pulled up with a hamstring injury, is doubtful for Sunday’s big game.