Tipperary's brilliant start to the summer continues apace after their emphatic victory over Clare at Cusack Park on Sunday.

The powered into the All-Ireland series and are now virtually assured a Munster final place to boot after easily brushing aside the challenge of hosts by 13 points

For manager Liam Sheedy, the fact that his side have made the All-Ireland series is what pleases him the most.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "I'm fully aware of how competitive this championship is. It's very pleasing to win here in what is a difficult place to play in.

"We didn't find ourselves in the top three last year and our goal was to get into that top three. People were laughing at me. I'm serious. I'm just delighted that we will be still be hurling in July. That wasn't the case last year."

Indeed, you would have to say it's a case of who's laughing now as the Blue and Gold delivered another statement of their intent against Clare. Their forwards scored 3-15 from play.

After a slow start in the words of Sheedy, the manager felt his charges had it in them to raise their game.

He continued: "Early on, Clare were matching us and got some wonderful scores against the breeze from Peter Duggan and Podge Collins. And I said 'Oh my God' The crowd were really getting behind them.

"We got the goal (Noel McGrath) and once we got the goal we found a bit of rhythm and got a few points clear.

"We then gave away a few frees and Peter (Duggan) knocked therm over but we went in six clear at the break.

"We felt there was another level in us because we weren't happy with the way we played in that first half.

"We felt we could give a littler bit more.

"I would have to compliment may lads for their second-half showing. Ok, we got a fortuitous goal (Seamus Callan) that came off the post but then 'Bonner' Maher does what he does best coming onto ball and finding the net.

"Every match in Munster is ferocious and next up we have Limerick."