Monday 22 July 2019

Munster hurling championship permutations: What Clare, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary must do this weekend

Limerick’s Peter Casey attempts to get away from Cork’s Robert Downey as the All-Ireland champions suffered a surprising defeat last time out. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick’s Peter Casey attempts to get away from Cork’s Robert Downey as the All-Ireland champions suffered a surprising defeat last time out. Photo: Sportsfile

John Morley

With the penultimate round of the Munster Championship fast approaching, it's all to play for.

Tipperary are the only team safe from being knocked out of the championship, as they are four points clear of Clare, who are in fourth position.

The third-placed team in Munster will face the runners-up of the Joe McDonagh Cup in a preliminary quarter-final.

Here are how the Munster table stands going into Sunday's showdown.

                      P W D L F A Pts

1 Tipperary    3 3 0 0 100 62 6

2 Cork            3 2 0 1 92 79 4

3 Limerick       3 2 0 1 83 52 4

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4 Clare            3 1 0 2 53 83 2

5 Waterford   4 0 0 4 73 125 0

Clare

Munster final:

It is very unlikely, but not impossible for the Banner to reach a Munster final. If Clare beat Cork and Tipperary beat Limerick then three teams will be on four points.

The Banner, currently on (-30) points difference, would have to hammer Cork and hope that Limerick suffer a humiliating defeat to Tipperary. It's a long shot but not impossible.

3rd place:

It is far more likely that scoring difference would grant Clare third-place in Munster, with Limerick and Cork both vastly superior than Clare due to both annihilating Waterford.

The easiest way for Clare to get the third spot in Munster is if Limerick do them a favour against Tipperary and they beat Cork, with the head-to-head seeing Clare progress to face the Joe McDonagh Cup runners-up.

Knocked out of the championship:

Anything less than a win against Cork will see Clare get knocked out of the championship.

Cork

Munster final:

A win against Clare and Tipperary beating Limerick would guarantee a place in the Munster final for Cork.

If Cork win and Limerick win, the Rebels (+13) would need to overtake either Limerick (+31) or Tipperary (+38) on scoring difference to make the provincial final.

Two draws would see the Rebels beat Limerick into the final on head-to-head.

3rd place:

If Cork draw with Clare and Limerick see off Liam Sheedy's side, then Cork will finish third in Munster.

The Rebels can also go in the back door if Tipperary win and Clare win, as Limerick are ahead of them on scoring difference.

Alternatively, if Cork and Limerick win, it is unlikely for Meyler's side to overtake Tipperary or Limerick on scoring difference.

Knocked out of the championship:

It is extremely unlikely for Clare to knock Cork out of the championship on points difference if Tipperary win.

However, if Limerick beat Tipperary and Clare beat Cork, then they would knock the Rebels out on head-to-head.

Limerick

Munster final:

The easiest way for Limerick to reach a Munster final is by beating Tipperary and Clare do them a favour against Cork, as a Banner win or a draw in the other clash will see them through to the final.

If Clare and Tipperary win or if Limerick and Cork win then Limerick have the best points difference to see them well ahead of Cork.

3rd place:

If Tipperary and Cork win, or if Cork win and Limerick get a draw, or if Tipperary win and Cork and Clare draw, then Limerick will finish in third position.

It is also possible that they could finish in third place should scoring difference comes into play following Limerick and Cork wins or Tipperary and Clare wins, however, Clare or Cork would have to rack up huge scores to overtake them on points difference.

Knocked out of the championship:

The only way that Limerick can be knocked out of the championship is if Tipperary and Clare win.

For that to happen Limerick would need to suffer a heavy defeat and Clare would need to rack up a huge score against Cork.

Tipperary:

Munster championship:

Tipperary are practically guaranteed a Munster final barring an unusual result on Sunday.

3rd place:

If Limerick and Cork win, then Cork, Limerick and Tipperary will all be on six points, meaning if both of those teams rack up huge winning margins, they could potentially overtake Tipperary on scoring difference.

Knocked out of the championship:

Tipperary are safe, as they sit four points ahead of Clare on the table.

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