'Looking back at it coldly, last year we never recovered from that first day loss to Limerick'
Tipperary hurlers head to Cork on Sunday determined to avoid the car crash of the same first-day defeat in the Munster Championship that derailed their 2018 campaign.
Speaking at a Cul Heroes card launch in Croke Park this morning, the Premier's star attacker Noel McGrath admitted that his team are on, yes, red alert, for their trip to Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday.
"Looking back at it coldly, last year we never recovered from that first day loss to Limerick. We've got to avoid doing that again. But it is going to be some opening match again, Cork are double Munster champions, they are a serious team who were within a flick of a hurl of being in last year's All-Ireland Final.
"It's going to be some game, but it is one we have to win," added McGrath.
Asked if he'd prefer to start with a game in Thurles, McGrath said: "Maybe, but it is what it is. These are the games and we've got to get on with them. Everyone has two at home and two away. This year we end with Limerick at home, so the wheel is going to turn full circle.
"We have to ensure that we go into that last match with every chance of getting to the Munster Final and that starts with getting something out of Sunday's trip to Cork."