Tipperary will meet old rivals and All Ireland champions Clare in an early season clash on Friday night.
They won through to the Waterford Crystal Cup final with a comprehensive 2-30 to 0-22 win over University of Limerick at Nenagh.
Tipp have enjoyed a comfortable route to the decider but will face their first real test against the Banner under lights at Sixmilebridge.
Clare’s win in the corresponding fixture last year was a forerunner of greater things to come so both sides will be keen for the early silverware this weekend.
Last Sunday’s lineouts were -
TIPPERARY: Darragh Egan (Kildangan); Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) (0-2), Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields); Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields) (0-2), David Collins (Drom & Inch); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule) (0-1), Mikey Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) (0-2), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) (0-3); Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan) (0-2), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) (1-9, 0-5f, 0-1 65), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris) (0-6, 5f).
Subs: James Logue (Ballingarry) for Egan, Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens) (0-1) for Bergin, Brendan Maher (Borrisoleigh) (0-1) for Callanan, Conor Kenny (1-1) (Borrisoleigh) for O’Dwyer (all half-time), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) for Collins (39).
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: Shane Hassett (Tipperary); Mark Carmody (Limerick), Jack Sheehan (Cork), Pa Ryan (Tipperary); Daire Quinn (Tipperary), Michael O’Flaherty (Tipperary), David King (Offaly); Martin Boran (Kilkenny), Brian Stapleton (Tipperary) (0-2); Mikey O’Neill (Clare) (0-1), PJ Scully (Laois) (0-9, 7f), Thomas Geraghty (Offaly); Mikey Ryan (Limerick), Tommy Heffernan (Tipperary) (0-2f), Peter Geraghty (Offaly) (0-1).
Subs: Padraig Walsh (Kilkenny) (0-4) for Peter Geraghty, Kevin Connolly (Galway) (0-1) for O’Neill, Bill Maher (Tipperary) (0-1) for Boran, Tom O’Brien (Limerick) (0-1) for Heffernan (all half-time), Eamon Murphy (Waterford) for Thomas Geraghty (53).