Limerick produced a comeback for the ages in the Munster hurling final 10 days ago.
Tipperary's 10-point half-time lead was overhauled in ruthless fashion as the Treaty cruised to an eight-point victory and first provincial three-in-a-row since 1936.
But things could have been very different if Aaron Gillane, a 31st-minute substitute, and Seamus Flanagan - scorer of Limerick's first goal after Gillane's shot was saved - had been shown the line by referee Paud O'Dwyer.
Gillane got away with yellow for an off-the-ball swipe on Tipp defender Cathal Barrett while Flanagan escaped punishment for going in neck-high with the hurl on Padraic Maher.
Speaking on The Sunday Game, former Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrrell insisted both men should have seen red.
Standard practice in such instances is for managers and team-mates to play down their severity, but Limerick corner-back Sean Finn openly admits that the champions' panel have been warned against repeat indiscipline in their upcoming All-Ireland semi-final.
"Now the attention and focus would be on us for those sorts of incidents," he told RTÉ Sport. "We certainly won’t be getting away with them in future.
"We have acknowledged that we were very lucky to get away with it but it’s very important that no player puts himself in a position where a referee has to make a decision whether they stay on the field or not. It’s just not acceptable.
"It’s dealt with. It can happen to a player like me, any other player. You might just lose your head for that split second and you could be punished. It’s important to recognise it can’t be done and it won’t happen in the future."
"You can be caught very easily by a family member picking it up somewhere"
Limerick won't know their next opponents until Saturday evening and it will be another seven days until they take the field again - a break of three weeks from the Munster decider.
The period has coincided with the reopening of indoor dining but Finn says the players have decided to be "selfish" and continue to avoid socialising until the championship is over.
There was a clear reminder of the havoc Covid-19 can still wreak on panels when Dublin lost four players on the morning of the Leinster final.
"We’ve just been doing what we have been doing over the last 16 months," Finn said. "We’re being selfish in one respect in that we’re not really meeting friends outside the group.
"Indoor dining started again but it was probably not a good idea for us as players for the sake of a couple of weeks to go indoors and have a meal and stuff.
"It’s just those individual decisions for the group, selfish decisions, that will benefit the group. If we all make those decisions individually we should be in a good position.
"There’s a good bit of luck in it as well. You can be caught very easily by a family member picking it up somewhere. They might be out socialising and you pick it up so there is some element of luck but you have to look after what you can control.
"We are doing that at the moment and hopefully we won’t be in a position where we are caught with it."
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