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Dragons lack fire, not short on spirit at Rugby World Cup

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.

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