LIMERICK manager John Allen wants his players to show championship promise against Tipperary in Sunday's Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final.
The Shannonsiders will make the short trip to Nenagh for what will be Tipp's first competitive outing of the year. The two counties are scheduled to meet in the Munster SHC semi-final on June 9, and an interesting early-season dress-rehearsal lies in store this weekend.
Limerick warmed up with a comfortable preliminary-round victory over Mary I last Saturday but, like counterpart Eamon O'Shea, Allen (pictured) will have to plan without a number of players who are 'cup tied' with their colleges in this competition.
Allen has urged players to put their hands up for regular starting positions and he's planning to line out against Tipp with a number of players who have not yet sampled the white hot atmosphere of championship hurling.
Allen explained: "Tipperary and Limerick have a tradition but for us, it's about seeing the fellas who haven't played championship hurling before.
"We want to see how they perform against very skilful hurlers.
"That's what I'm looking for – a good workmanlike performance."