David Burke admits that after opening the gate for Kilkenny in the Lipin final, Galway will have to overtake Tipperary and advance to the All-Ireland semi-finals.
After playing for about an hour at Croke Park last weekend, the Tribesmen scored five points and raced to victory until goals from Richie Hogan and TJ Reed made quick progress.
With Galway converting only 58% of their shots compared to their opponents’ 78%, Burke, who came off the bench to score two points, knows Saturday will not be enough.
“We were disappointed to bring Kilkenny back into the game,” he told RTE Sport.
“We are in a great position to win, but they will come back when you leave a team like Kilkenny in it.
“We did a lot of things well, and we have a lot of work to do and we know where we can improve.
“You have to seize your opportunities with a team like Tip, and we hope we can replace them.
“Hopefully we can put together a 70 minute performance.”
Tipperary and Galway last met in the championship in the 2017 All-Ireland Semi-Finals – the year Burke led his side to their first All-Ireland title – a forgotten Joe Canning point from the difference between the teams.
“We’ve had tough margins between us for the last few years, so this should be a good game,” the St. Thomas man said.
“They are not All-Ireland champions for any reason, so we have to kneel and prepare for them.
“The team that comes through will play a big role in the championship and we hope it will.
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The game three years ago was the last in a remarkable series of three semi-finals in a row between the counties, each with a score of one.
In 2015, current Tipper captain Seamus Callan scored 3-09 but finished in defeat.
“Both teams are doing very well for each other,” he said.
“We played in 2015, 16, 17 and had only one point in all three games.”
Tip booked their place in the quarters with a crushing victory over Corp, and a late goal from Jake Morris was needed to fix things.
Callahan agrees that Limerick needs a better performance this weekend.
“Every victory you get, you try to pull the positives out of it, they are invigorating, but we still wouldn’t be overly happy with our performance against Cork.
“There’s a lot to work on from that, but the important thing is to get results and get back on track.
“We came to a draw on Monday, which is what we really want.
“God, we can handle this hurdle on Saturday too, but it’s very difficult.
“We know we have to play better than we did this year to get into the controversy to win this year.”
Watch live on Saturdays from 1pm on Galway v Tipperary RTway2, listen to live commentary on RT Radio 1 or follow our live blog on RT or Sport Online and the RTÉ News app. Highlights of that game and Claire v Waterford in The Sunday Game (9.30pm RTÉ2).