Tipperary had leaders everywhere, none more so than Noel McGrath and his brother John, who scored 1-6 between them in the first half.
They were backed up by the excellent Brendan Maher, Bonner Maher, Seamus Callinan, and that great warrior, Pádraic Maher, all playing very direct hurling, the way it should be played, physically dominating the opposition and brilliant wrist work.
Clare’s big players, or supposed big players, were not at the races and took some seriously bad options with their use of the ball. They played like a team just picked after Mass on Sunday, not like a team that has been together for a few years, individuals, everyone thinking of themselves and not the team.
Peter Duggan, John Conlan, two All-Stars from last year, did not show the way and the management were kind to them to leave them on for so long. Shane O’Donnell, who was also withdrawn, and of course Tony Kelly, who was well-marshalled by Brendan Maher, were under pressure too.
The big question after this weekend, with Limerick way too good for Waterford, was how many good matches have we seen in this Munster championship so far?