Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round 5- Round-Robin

SUNDAY

Tipperary v Limerick, Semple Stadium - 2pm

Clare v Cork, Cusack Park - 2pm

TV

Tipperary v Limerick is live on RTÉ's The Sunday Game. Live overseas on GAAGO. Highlights of both games on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2, and the RTÉ player, at 9.30 on Sunday night.

ONLINE

Live blogs on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 1.30pm on Sunday.

RADIO

Updates on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.

WEATHER

Widespread showers for Sunday. A few bright or short sunny spells, but the showers will be fairly widespread by lunchtime. Many will be heavy in the afternoon and early evening, with possibly a few thundery downpours in places. Top temperatures 14 to 17 degrees in light to moderate south to southwest winds, which will be occasionally fresh and gusty near south and southeast coasts. Further showers overnight. Lows of 8 to 10 degrees. 

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Can Limerick upset Tipperary's momentum?

Tipperary have been something of a surprise package in this year's Munster SHC. 

Last year's poor championship form, coupled with a string of disappointing performances in the National League suggested they might struggle in the summer.

But Liam Sheedy's side has been flawless so far. Three comprehensive wins from as many outings leaves them in pole position on the Munster table, including a seven-point win over the reigning provincial champions Cork.

The McGrath brothers Noel and John have be particularly impressive in attack, with John deservedly picking up the man-of-the-match award following their win over Clare. They hit a combined total 1-08 on the way to victory, with John picking off six points from play.

John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer and Brendan Maher have also excelled for the Premier County.

On Sunday, they face a Limerick side who have bounced back from their defeat to Cork in the opening round of the Munster series. Wins over Clare and Waterford have helped John Kiely's men pick up some much-needed momentum heading into the final round.

Those wins could prove crucial as they converge on Semple Stadium to try and halt Tipperary's winning run.

Noel McGrath has been one of Tipperary's star players this year

The Sunday Game's Michael Duignan is expecting a close contest in this game, and admits he can't call a winner.

"The match in Thurles is a match I can't call," he says in his predictions for the weekend.

"The difference between them is that Tipp have a brilliant starting XV, but don't have the same options off the bench that Limerick have. Six or seven of the Limerick subs would get on any team."

Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Seán O’Brien; Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Ronan Maher; Michael Breen, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer; Jake Morris, John McGrath, Séamus Callanan, Jason Forde.

Limerick: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Dan Morrissey, Paddy O’Loughlin; Darragh O’Donovan, William O’Donoghue; Shane Dowling, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Peter Casey.

Still all to play for

With Waterford already condemned to an early championship exit, and Tipperary guaranteed to extend their run beyond this weekend, that leaves just Cork, Clare and Limerick all still in contention.

Despite two huge defeats to Tipperary and Limerick, Clare could save their season if they bring a performance to Ennis against defending champions Cork. Victory might not even be enough for the Banner in that case. They also need to hope that Limerick can avoid defeat against Tipp to give them the best chance of progressing.

The most worrying aspect of Clare's poor form of late is their lack of scoring power up front. Against Tipperary, they were totally reliant on Peter Duggan's frees which accounted for eight of Clare's 17-point total.

A similar story unfolded against Limerick, with Duggan posting nine points from frees and a lineball. Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin were Clare's only other scorers in their 18-point defeat to the All-Ireland champions.

"I think it's going to be very hard for the Banner to recover from the form they've been in," says Duignan. "They are pale shadow of themselves.

Cork's Patrick Horgan was crowned Player of the month for May

"That said, the negative comments about them has been way over the top - comments about individual players."

Clare will be coming up against a Cork side who have two wins from three games, including an impressive result against Limerick. Patrick Horgan has been in superb form for John Meyler's side, and was handed the Player of the month award for May.

But their 2019 future is far from certain. Defeat to Clare, combined with a draw in Thurles or a Limerick win would suit the Banner and see Cork depart the championship. However, Cork can also make the Munster final if they defeat Clare, while also hoping that Limerick fail to beat Tipperary.

You can find out more about the Munster SHC permutations here.

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O'Connor, David McInerney, David Fitzgerald; Cathal Malone, Jack Browne, Conor Cleary; Shane Golden, Colm Galvin; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, Diarmuid Ryan; Shane O'Donnell, John Conlon, Podge Collins.

You can watch Tipperary v Limerick live on the Sunday Game, with coverage starting at 1pm.

Follow all the Munster hurling action this weekend via our live blogs on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app, with highlights of both games on The Sunday Game on RTÉ 2, and the RTÉ player, at 9:30 on Sunday night.