Tipperary and Kilkenny have met in the last three All Ireland senior hurling finals - this year the ‘big two’ will meet in the semi-final.
Kilkenny booked their place in the last four with a quarter final win over Limerick at Thurles on Sunday.
The Cats now stand in the way of Tipperary and a place in their fourth successive final.
The eagerly awaited semi-final takes place in Croke Park on Sunday, August 19.
The winners meet the winners of Galway and Cork who meet in the first semi-final a week earlier.