Clare's Podge Collins says his team are gearing up for a meeting with "the form team in the championship" in Ennis this weekend. 

Last year's Munster finalists got off to a smashing start in the 2019 championship, pipping Waterford by a point in Walsh Park on the opening weekend. 

They sat out the second round of games, in which their victory over Paraic Fanning's team was thrown into some relief by Tipperary's emphatic demolition of Waterford in Thurles.

Tipp, who were ejected from the championship before the All-Ireland series last year, have been in phenomenal form under the new/old management of Liam Sheedy. 

Though he doesn't know the secrets up close, Collins acknowledged Sheedy's clear effect on teams, noting that he helped deliver Newmarket-on-Fergus's first Clare title in 31 years back in 2012. 

"They appear to be the form team in the championship," Collins told RTÉ Sport.

"They're probably the team that's on everyone's lips. They're playing a brand of hurling that probably suits them. Their touch seems to be immaculate. They're very sharp. 

"I don't know what he (Sheedy) does with them. But he came in with Tipp in 2010. He was even with Newmarket in 2012 and they won a county final. So, obviously he's got a magic touch around management. He's a good man to have in." 

Since their win over Waterford on the opening weekend of the Munster championship, Clare have had two weekends off. 

Now, they face into an intense period, with games on three successive weeks. Collins, however, is looking forward to the schedule, hailing the format. 

"I think it's a brilliant format. The home and away thing is great for fans. The more games, the merrier. People say the games can be taxing on the body but it's better than training. Training can be just as taxing sometimes. It's a very competitive competition. On any given day, anyone can beat anyone." 

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