TIPPERARY 1-17 LIMERICK 1-11
Pa Bourke struck six points as defending champions Tipperary accounted for Limerick in their final game ahead of the NHL Division 1 final against Kilkenny on May 3.
The 20-year-old Bourke was in top-scoring form as a Tipp side already assured of their place in the decider collected their sixth win in seven league games.
Tipp had six players on the scoresheet by half-time, turning around with a 0-12 to 0-4 buffer and with a wasteful Limerick on the rack.
The visitors hit nine wides during the opening 35 minutes to Tipp's two. The Shannonsiders also suffered a blow when Mark O'Riordan was yellow carded for a foul on Bourke.
Two early points from Bourke, who made his Championship bow against Limerick in 2007, set Tipp on their way to a 0-5 to 0-0 lead.
Sluggish Limerick eventually found the next gear when Mike O'Brien landed their opening point from a 14th-minute free.
Donal O'Grady made it two but Tipp were far more clinical in attack and sharper in open play.
Further points from Bourke, John O'Brien, Gearoid Ryan and John Devane moved Liam Sheedy's men into a commanding lead, despite the loss of midfielder Benny Dunne to injury.
Niall Moran rallied Limerick with two late scores, the second from play, and he also opened the scoring in the second half.
However, a goal from Gearoid Ryan, who coolly tapped home to the net with goalkeeper Brian Murray left stranded, reasserted Tipp's dominance.
In sunny conditions Moran took his tally to five points and while Paul Browne grabbed a late goal, Limerick hit double figures in wides.
They also came up against a brick wall in experienced Tipp goalkeeper Brendan Cummins. He produced three stunning saves to deny Limerick a goal and a point from goalscorer Ryan closed out the home win.