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“All the pressure is on Limerick”— Are the All-Ireland champions in trouble?

Tony Considine gives his thoughts on next weekend’s crunch game of the Munster SHC clash between Tipperary and Limerick

Tony Considine gives his thoughts on next weekend’s crunch game of the Munster senior hurling championship clash between Tipperary and Limerick.

Tony Considine believes that all the pressure is on Limerick when they visit Semple Stadium on Sunday.

If Cork beat Clare, the Treaty will be knocked out if they lose either of their last two Munster SHC games.

John Kiely’s men have been in imperious form since lifting the title for the first time in 45 years back in 2018, with only the Premier in 2019 interrupting their dominance.

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After scraping past Waterford on day one this season, the green machine were derailed by the Banner on their home patch, meaning there is no room for error from here.

“The questions I would have about Limerick, and the only one I have: will they have the hunger?” says Considine.

“That is a huge thing now. Will they have the hunger?

“They are there for six years now, they have four All-Ireland wins, Hurlers of the Year, All Stars, they have everything got.

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“It is a question of hunger now. Maybe this three weeks they had off will bring that hunger back.

“Maybe they will see now: ‘Jesus, this is dangerous, lads, we’re in trouble here’.

“Maybe that will bring them on, maybe it was a great thing for them that Clare beat them in the Gaelic Grounds.

“They are under pressure going to Thurles, no doubt about that.

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“But you’d still have to fancy them. Tipperary played well against Clare in Ennis but they could have been taken in Ennis too.

“Mistakes by Clare cost them on the day. So Tipperary could be in trouble too, but now people would say automatically that… and I think this is the plus for Limerick, that Waterford are gone.

“Because even if Tipp are under pressure next Sunday, they’ll say ‘we will beat Waterford in Thurles, and we will be through’.

“I think that has taken the pressure off Tipperary. All the pressure now is on Limerick.”

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