Welsh assistant coach Shaun Edwards believes the Springboks’ pocket rocket is just like an English legend.
The French arbiter has proven to be a nemesis for South Africa in the past, including the pool game against the All Blacks.
The SA ref sparked anger after posing for a photo with Wales fans in which he appeared to mimic the elbow that led to Sebastien Vahaamahina’s quarter-final red card.
World Rugby officials are set to investigate Peyper’s embarrassing faux pas but remained tight-lipped Monday.
But it’s the imposing pack of forwards that lay the foundation for a surprisingly complicated victory.
Relive all the action from this weekend’s quarterfinal.

‘Nervous’ Rassie calls for greater Springbok consistency

However, he revealed that there was no shouting and screaming at his players at the break to turn the situation around following a lacklustre first 40.

Mapimpi magic helps brutal Springboks reach semis

Rassie Erasmus’ troops hardly delivered a vintage performance, but that won’t matter one bit as Japan are eventually outmuscled.

Wales floor 14-man France to reach semi-finals

Lock Sebastien Vahaamahina’s cynical red card ruins a contest that saw the French dominate for large periods.

All Blacks lay down marker in smashing Ireland

Aaron Smith scores a brace as the defending champions cruise into the last four.

May Day as England crush Aussies to reach semis

Fears England could come into the match undercooked, after their final pool game against France was washed out by last week’s devastating typhoon, ultimately proved unfounded.

Boks more prepared for ‘Tier 1’ Japan than in 2015, says Lood

Scarred by Brighton, the Bok lock assures all the team’s defences are up.

These are the key battles in the Springboks-Japan clash

Both teams have inspirational skippers … and absolute pocket rockets on the wing.

Joseph changes one for Japan’s ‘massive’ quarter-final

The New Zealander also says they know exactly what to expect from the Springboks.

Uruguay in hot water over nightclub incident

Japanese media reported other damage in the incident, including from players punching walls and mirrors and tearing apart a stuffed teddy bear.

Springboks play to strengths and go for brawn against Japan

Neutrals will be disappointed with a 6-2 split on the bench, but why wouldn’t Rassie Erasmus use his biggest trump card – a great pack – in such an important game?

Duane isn’t feeling any pain from the Japanese’s pinch

The world is gunning for the Springboks to fall victim to the host nation, but their grizzled No 8 isn’t worried.

Use your noodle: brain teasers tune Japan for Boks clash

Ironically, one of Brave Blossoms’ South African imports is proving to be one of the best in this regard.

‘Dynamite comes in small packages’ – Kolbe praises Japan wingers

The Springbok winger has underlined his status as one of rugby union’s hottest properties with a couple of scintillating displays in Japan.




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