SUNDAY

Munster SHC final
Tipperary v Limerick, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 4.15pm

TV
Live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 3.45pm.

Highlights on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.

Viewers outside Ireland can watch the game on GAAGO.

ONLINE
Live blogs on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News app, with video highlights on social media.

RADIO
Live commentaries on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.

WEATHER
Sunday will be dry with good sunny spells. Very warm or hot with highs of 23 to 27 degrees. Winds will be light and mainly northerly in direction. More at met.ie

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There's a bit of a tech disrupter against embattled industry giants feel to this one.

A young Limerick team have cemented themselves as the country’s dominant hurling side and will win a first Munster three-in-a-row since 1936 if they get the job done in front of 7,000 fans in Cork.

The All-Ireland champions have had Tipp’s measure in recent years, beating them by six points (2018 round-robin), 12 points (2019 Munster final) and nine points (2020 Munster quarter-final).

Tipperary did win a round-robin encounter with less riding on it in 2019 - and had the last laugh in lifting Liam MacCarthy that year - but they have yet to beat a John Kiely-managed side in a meaningful championship clash and last won Munster five years ago.

However, it seems Liam Sheedy is well aware of his team’s recent shortcomings against the slick Limerick game plan and has been adapting accordingly.

"Tipperary have been planning for Limerick since the start of the league when they started sitting back and conceding puckouts," says former Premier goalkeeper Brendan Cummins.

"I think they'll probably say to Limerick 'Look, if you want to run the ball through the middle of us, give it a go but you’re going to run it from your own 45 rather than inside the 65’.

"The second change I have seen in Tipp is the way they’re using the ball. They’ve been smarter, more Limerick-like if you will. I even see a tactics board peeking its head out at the water breaks.

"Last year Tipperary conceded about 1-07 from counter-attacks and that’s what Limerick want you to do, give the ball away so they get you unstructured behind.

"Ronan and Paudie Maher, Seamus Kennedy and Barry Heffernan. When they got on the ball they just lamped it in a lot of the games last year. That’s reckless use of the ball and they’ve learned now.

"Against Clare, they found Jason Forde or Dan McCormack around the middle third with a pass with the head up, and I think that’s what they need to do."

Sin-bins aside, Tipp were ruthless when they needed to be against the Banner, and should certainly be a lot more competitive than they were in defeat to Limerick last November, when the 3-23 to 2-17 scoreline flattered the losers if anything.

In Forde, Michael Breen, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath, John O’Dwyer and Jake Morris they still appear to have more natural goalscorers than any other county and a dry day with hard ground will suit them far better.

Of course, the 30 points-per-game scoring machine that is Limerick showed the last day that they might have been capable of scoring goals all along, they just haven’t really needed to.

In the semi-final win over Cork, after Peter Casey was sin-binned and Nickie Quaid saved Pat Horgan’s penalty, the 14 Treaty men outscored the Rebels 2-06 to 0-04 in the remaining 13 minutes of the half.

It was an awesome display of power and skill and Cork never recovered from the concession of those first-half injury-time goals to Kyle Hayes and Darragh O’Donovan.

Any notions that they might be there for the taking after a sluggish league display have been firmly banished.

"I would agree that Limerick are favourites," says Cummins. "But I do think Tipp’s goal-threat will keep them in it, and if they can get down the home straight, with the experience that’s there, you never know."

The winners will have three weeks off until the All-Ireland semi-final, the losers face a quarter-final a week earlier, which would leave little recovery time if they progress.

Follow all the championship matches this weekend with our live blogs on RTÉ.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app.

Watch Kerry v Westmeath and Dublin v Kilkenny live on RTÉ2 or RTÉ Player from 4.45pm Saturday, and Donegal v Tyrone followed by Tipperary v Limerick, live on RTÉ2 or RTÉ Player from 1.15pm Sunday.

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