Friday 30 September 2016

Munster success is vital for jittery Tipperary

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

Limerick manager TJ Ryan is aware that Tipperary are prone to listless periods and will be seeking to capitalise on this
Limerick manager TJ Ryan is aware that Tipperary are prone to listless periods and will be seeking to capitalise on this

A tag as 'the nearly team' is the last thing Tipperary want but they are in danger of being landed with it unless they win a title soon.

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The supporters are thinking in All-Ireland terms but inside the camp there will be a realisation that winning Munster first would be a big step in the right direction.

Tipperary haven't got past their first game in Munster for the last two years, a barren run they will be extremely anxious to end tomorrow.

I think they will manage it, even if they are up against a Limerick team that beat them for the past two years.

Limerick will whip into Tipperary with the same degree of ferocity that rattled Eamon O'Shea's boys in 2013 and 2014 but surely they will be ready for it this time.

Tipperary are great to watch when their game is going right but they remain prone to listless periods when the opposition is allowed to do a lot of damage.

TJ Ryan knows that so you can expect Limerick to really go for it in the hope that they can get some doubts moving in Tipp minds. It will be close but I fancy Tipperary to end their losing run in Munster.

A final thought. Jimmy Barry-Murphy has come in for some criticism this year, but perhaps the knockers might like to reflect on what happened on Wednesday evening when Waterford U-21s easily beat Cork. And in Páirc Uí Rinn too.

A senior manager can only pick from what comes through the system and, for whatever reason, Cork's supply lines are not working smoothly now.

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