Tipp to be too strong for Treaty as they eye three in a row
I can't see anything other than a Tipperary win over Limerick in next Sunday's Munster semi-final.
Tipp will be prepared for the Limerick challenge and receiving that scare from the Treaty side last year will stand them in good stead.
Everybody is saying that Limerick will be physical and really get stuck into Tipp but I don't buy into this. The Premier County showed in the league final against Kilkenny that they're one of the top teams in the country when it comes to physical strength.
Eamon O'Shea will have them on their guard and you have to remember how Tipp clinically disposed of Division 1B winners Dublin, who had beaten Limerick.
Some might think that Munster titles don't register with these Premier County players but they would dearly love to emulate the 1987-'89 vintage by winning three in a row in the province.
And a haul of five Munster titles in six years would represent a remarkable feat.
Last Friday's U-21 meeting between the counties could have an impact too but the bigger factor is the speed of hurling that Limerick have played at this year compared with Tipp.
It will be a difficult step up for the Shannonsiders and I just feel that when Tipperary need to step up a gear, they will do so without too much trouble.