Kilkenny were bidding to extend their already record run in the senior hurling championship in Thurles on Sunday.
The Cats qualified for the last 16 All-Ireland semi-finals, a feat which is unmatched by any county in the hurling or football championships.
The backdoor system was introduced in 1997, and the Noresiders have been involved in all the semi-finals since. In that inaugural season Kilkenny were beaten in the semis by eventual champions, Clare by 1-17 to 1-13.
Six counties felt the might of the Cats in semi-finals – Waterford, Tipperary, Galway, Clare, Cork and Wexford.
They experienced most difficulty against Galway, who they played three times and suffered defeats twice. They met Waterford four times, and won them all.
The record against the others reads – Tipperary, played 3, won 3; Clare, played 3, won 2; Cork, played 2 won 2; Wexford played 1, won 1.