Munster were beaten 24-7 by their Irish rivals Leinster on Sunday, which moved the eastern province up to third in the Pro12 table.
What many in attendance at Thomond Park would not have noticed, however, was that Munster’s Francis Saili was mic’d up for the game, bringing the action pretty much as close as is possible to viewers without actually being on the pitch.
The idea of technology such as this being used within games is still the subject of scepticism, and in some quarters regarded as perhaps encroaching too much on the match.
In Gaelic football’s showpiece event this year, the All-Ireland final between Kerry and Dublin, the referee was wearing a microphone for a TV documentary and players such as Colm Cooper have raised their concerns at such measures being taken.
For the fans, however, it provides a fascinating insight into what is said, and what tone it is said in, during the heat of battle.
Check out Saili barking instructions at his teammates below (starts at 0:28).
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Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
Video credit: Sky Sports.