Tipperary should have enough in locker to overcome Cork
Munster SHC quarter-final: Tipperary v Cork (Tomorrow, Semple Stadium, 4pm, live on RTÉ2)
TIPPERARY may be slightly more apprehensive about tomorrow's Munster curtain raiser than they would have been before their league final collapse against Galway.
Having stormed through Division One, the All-Ireland champions were ambushed by Galway in Limerick's Gaelic Grounds in the final. The Tribes men hit 3-10 in the second-half of that game to leave the Premier players stunned.
If Tipp's air of invincibility may been dented somewhat in Limerick, the injury worries surrounding Séamus Callanan, Michael Cahill and Patrick ‘Bonner' Maher won't have helped ahead of tomorrow's game.
As for Cork, Kieran Kingston has had a red ring round this pairing since the draw was made. The league will have been used as preparation for tomorrow's tie and how to deal with Tipperary's physical attack.
During the NHL campaign, Patrick Horgan was prolific in attack for the Rebels, while Séamus Harnedy, Alan Cadogan, Luke Meade and Shane Kingston also impressed at times. Whether they will have enough to outscore the reigning All-Ireland champions on their home turf is another matter entirely.
The prize for the winner of tomorrow's game in Thurles is a June 18 Munster semi-final with Waterford and, despite that defeat to Galway, who would bet against Tipp making it?