Sunday, 19 May
Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium, 2pm
Limerick v Cork, Gaelic Grounds, 4pm
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Sunday will see scattered showers in Munster with sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 or 17 degrees in moderate northwesterly breezes.
Will the real Tipp please stand up?
Few would argue with the assertion that the Premier County had under-performed since their 2016 All-Ireland victory, which is why the reaction to their victory over Cork last weekend, and more to the point the manner of it, has fans purring and rival teams reassessing what Tipp can achieve under Liam Sheedy this year.
The caveat from Leeside was some generous marking afforded by a Cork defence which is still searching for solidity. The gifted Tipp forward line came out on top in the shoot-out, but whether other All-Ireland contenders will afford the likes of Callanan, O'Dwyer and the McGrath siblings such latitude is unlikely in the extreme.
Which poses the question; just how good are this Tipp team? The half-back line reigned supreme on Leeside, but the pacey Rebel forward line tested the full-back line. Primary possession was gobbled up by the hungry forwards, though midfield was solid if not spectacular.
Whatever way you look at it, Sheedy has serious tools with which to work with, but Waterford will offer a different test of their credentials.
Paraic Fanning was pleased with the fightback in their one-point defeat to Clare, but in truth it was a game dominated by the Banner at Walsh Park.
A first Munster SHC encounter at the venue in 2003 saw the Deise trail by six at the break with plenty of food for thought. Noel Connor's early injury was a major set-back, while Tadhg de Burca never looked entirely comfortable in his role until the momentum swung their way in the absorbing finale.
Austin Gleeson thundered into the game in the final quarter to assist Stephen Bennett on the scoring front, but aside from the 2017 Hurler of the Year, Waterford's starting forwards managed just four points from play.
"Look at the last 20 minutes and there was one team driving forward. We had every chance," Fanning said post-match. It also illustrates that the previous 50 largely belonged to the opposition.
No team has more away experience than Waterford in the new format, they will require a more complete performance to halt a Tipp side teeming with confidence.
Only once last year did they avoid defeat in Munster and that was against the Premier County, where the 'ghost goal' denied them a crucial win, but the recent history reveals less of a rivalry and more of a domination.
Since 2011 Waterford have lost four Munster finals to Tipp by an average of 13 points and haven’t come out the right side of this championship fixture since 2008.
Sunday would be the perfect time to arrest that form and reignite their season.
Last five championship meetings
2018: Tipperary 2-22 Waterford 2-22 (Munster round-robin)
2016: Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
2015: Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)
2012: Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)
2011: Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19 (Munster final)
All on the line for the Rebels
A humdinger is expected at the Gaelic Grounds where the All-Ireland champions could put a huge dent in Cork's Liam MacCarthy aspirations should they condemn the Rebels to a second successive Munster defeat.
No side pushed the Treaty men closer on their memorable run last year following the provincial draw and a semi-final that required extra-time to separate the teams. Indeed no team punished John Kiely's men as much on the scoreboard as the Munster champions.
That will be of solace to John Meyler, but knows there is very little margin for error following the home reversal to Tipperary. Aside from the ever-reliable Patrick Horgan, fleeting moments from captain Séamus Harnedy and a couple of glimpses from Shane Kingston, it was collectively a below-par performance.
Anthony Nash struggled to find red jerseys on occasions from puckouts, while the defence was constantly in trouble. Bill Cooper's late withdrawal was a blow, while his midfield partner Darragh Fitzgibbon illustrated little of his 2018 All Star form. The half-forward line too will be full of motivation having come out second best at the weekend.
Limerick's early season form suggests that the mantle of League and All-Ireland champions isn't weighing heavy.
In truth, the league offered few indicators of any weaknesses with their possession game, ability to win primary possession and incredible work-rate undoing all oncomers. The electric form of Aaron Gillane in particular makes this year's team an even greater danger than the one that came in somewhat under the radar 12 months ago.
Th is provincial fixture however has not been kind to Limerick in recent years, with their 2013 final win over the Rebels one of two wins since the turn of the millennium.
The match-day umpires should expect another busy afternoon at the Gaelic Ground and there would be few surprises if the game ended in yet another draw.
Last five championship meetings
2018: Limerick 3-32 Cork 2-31 AET (All-Ireland semi-final)
2018: Cork 1-25 Limerick 0-28 (Munster round robin)
2014: Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24 (Munster final)
2013: Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15 (Munster final)
2010: Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12 (Munster semi-final)
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