Kilkenny manager Derek Lyng is targeting an Allianz Hurling League semi-final berth.
Following yesterday's facile victory over Dublin at UPMC Nowlan Park, the Cats face a straight shootout with Waterford next weekend for the second qualifying place from Division 1 Group B along with Tipperary.
"We want to get to the knockout stages," Lyng told RTÉ.
"We need games. Waterford will be a big test, both teams will want to win. It's a great game to get, a game you want at this time of the year."
The Emeralds clubman declared himself satisfied with Kilkenny's performance against a disappointing Dublin side.
"In the first half we were very sharp and hunted in packs, chased them down and made life hard for them, maybe stood off a little in the second half," he continued.
"Certain parts of our play were really good so we'll take positives from that, though we were a little sloppy at times in the second half and that's something we'll have to work on."Tweet