LISTEN – Shane Dowling “this team loves a challenge”.

Limerick came through yet another Munster Hurling Championship test with flying colours on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds seeing off Waterford by thirteen points.

The manner of the victory over Tipperary in the first round robin clash was impressive as was the fight and determination shown to come out with a point against Cork in their own back yard with 14-men.

However, the utterly dominant display against Waterford in their most recent outing showed that Limerick have no issue coming into a crucial game as favourites and justifying the tag.

Shane Dowling came into the starting 15 for the first time this year in place of the suspended Aaron Gillane and made sure that he left John Kiely with a selection headache ahead of the showdown with Clare next weekend, finishing up with 15 points (13 from frees) on the day.

While the Limerick fans might be dreaming of a first Munster title since 2013, Dowling, however, remains grounded.

“We’ve built a good base and we’re obviously going to drive on from here. It’s great, in your home ground, big crowd, it’s great to put on a performance but we’ve done that before and we haven’t pushed on. We definitely won’t be getting carried away.”

A draw in Ennis next week will be enough for Limerick to qualify for the Munster decider but the Na Piarsaigh man says that his side will be driving on for the win.

“Limerick won’t be going out to play for a draw that’s for sure. Clare in their own back yard, it’s like Limerick in their own back yard, it’s like Cork down in the Pairc it’s not going to be easy but one thing is for sure is that this team loves a challenge.”

Listen to the full interview below.