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OITA, Japan (AP) — A group of Wales fans laughed and smiled broadly while posing for a photo with South African referee Jaco Peyper after their team scraped into the Rugby World Cup semifinals.
Peyper, perhaps unwisely, was holding his right elbow horizontally and into the face of one of the supporters — seemingly mimicking the key incident in Wales’ comeback 20-19 win over France on Sunday when French lock Sebastian Vahaamahina was sent off for violent play.
Peyper also had a big grin on his face. It will certainly be no laughing matter in France, or possibly for World Rugby when the governing body sees the image, taken by a French journalist, which was being shared widely on social media on Monday.
Wales’ performance wasn’t anything to celebrate, either.
OK, the Welsh are through to the last four for only the third time. And OK, they showed again that never-say-die attitude which Warren Gatland seems to have instilled in his players in the final months of his 12-year tenure.
But those Welsh f
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