Nowlan Park looking marvellous. Over 20 minutes left and close to full capacity.
Kilkenny team will play as selected, Tipperary make one change - Eoin Kelly in for Jason Forde.
We'll be keeping a close eye on Michael Rice and Padraic Maher. Grudge match?
A few feathers should fly here. Expecting both teams to go at it but unlikely to see much of the inner thinking on tactics.
Tipperary with wind in first half.
Not many Kilkenny helmets off for anthem - a Tipp motion was passed to get players to remove them for it.
Lester Ryan puts Kilkenny 0-1 to 0-0 up within seconds. Michael Fennelly moved onto Padraic Maher, Michael Rice in midfield. Brian Hogan on Lar Corbett
Goal for Michael Fennelly. Incredibly powerful run and what a finish off-balance. Kilkenny 1-2 Tipperary 0-0 after 2 minutes.
Chop across Patrick Maher by JJ Delaney - Eoin Kelly sticks over free to settle Tipperary. They trail 1-2 to 0-1.
Fine interception from Brendan Maher and he points. Tipperary trail 1-2 to 0-2.
Michael Fennelly and Brendan Maher exchange points. Bit of argy bargy between O'Mahony and Larkin and both are booked. Kilkenny 1-3 Tipperary 0-3 after 8 minutes.
Kilkenny backs lining out as per programme. Don't expect that if these meet come Championship. Tipperary more tactical in their rearguard set-up.
Noel McGrath points from distance to narrow deficit to 2, Kilkenny 1-3 Tipperary 0-4. Wind is that strong you would think Tipp need to be leading by the break.
Conor O'Brien rightly booked for wild pull on Michael Fennelly,
As expected, game not lacking intensity but we're not seeing either team show their hand much. Tipp won't need reminding how much 2003 league final cost them as good as it was to watch.
Two poor wides by Eoin Larkin and we haven't had a score in almost 6 minutes.
Second goal for Michael Fennelly, finishes to roof of net after Noel McGrath had made it a one-point game. Kilkenny 2-3 Tipperary 0-5, 21st minute.
Brendan Maher with his third makes it a three-point game, Kilkenny 2-3 Tipperary 0-6. 24th minute.
Brendan Maher's return to form has been biggest plus of Tipperary's campaign. Their stand-out player here.
Eoin Kelly points and deficit is two, Kilkenny 2-3 Tipperary 0-7. Kilkenny not offering much outside of Michael Fennelly but they will have wind in second half.
Poor attempt at goal by Patrick Maher after a fantastic fetch.
Lester Ryan with his second point but then Kelly points free. 30th minute - Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 0-8.
Kelly with 65 makes it a one-point game, Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 0-9. Callanan and Corbett too quiet for Tipperary's liking but then Tipp defenders are impressing on their Kilkenny markers.
Noel McGrath with a gem of an equaliser - Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 0-10.
Colin Fennelly with a point in 33rd minute, Kilkenny 2-5 Tipperary 0-10
Barry Kelly hasn't pleased Kilkenny supporters so far. Tipperary did appear fortunate with free and Gleeson points it from distance to level it up for second time - Kilkenny 2-5 Tipperary 0-11.
One minute of additional time.
Lester Ryan with his third puts Kilkenny ahead. Having a good game. Kilkenny 2-6 Tipperary 0-11.
Wonderful team score by Kilkenny, won by Colin Fennelly initially on sideline and finished by older brother Michael.
HT: Kilkenny 2-7 Tipperary 0-11
Kilkenny now with wind advantage to look forward to in second half. Michael Fennelly's alternations between midfield and centre-forward working a treat for Kilkenny.
Kilkenny crowd the most zealous around. Can only compare it to Crossmaglen. Utter passion.
PA asking spectators not to go onto pitch afterwards. That might prove difficult if Cats win. Something close to a custom in Nowlan Park.
Tipperary yet to come onto pitch - Kilkenny supporters calling on referee to do something about it.
Tipperary's return to field greeted with boos. They were waiting on Lar this time?
Larkin 65 puts Kilkenny three ahead once more, Kilkenny 2-8 Tipperary 0-11
Paul Murphy on Lar Corbett after Corbett moves to full-forward line - we're being hoodwinked by Kilkenny
Eoin Kelly free and Tipp are within two again, Kilkenny 2-8 Tipperary 0-12.
Kilkenny's three-point lead restored to three thanks to Michael Rice.
Freescoring game now, Bourke's first point of game for Tipp.
It's a one-point game again, Noel McGrath point. Kilkenny 2-9 Tipperary 0-14
Eoin Larkin free & Kilkenny go two ahead, 2-10 to 0-14.
Fight breaks out between Lar Corbett and JJ Delaney. Eoin Murphy third man in on Corbett. Dodgy stuff.