England star Tom Curry shared a teasing smile after being hit in the face by Fiji’s Levani Botia during their World Cup encounter.
After Botia tried to pluck the ball out of the ruck, both sides had a coming together.
Particularly Curry, who did not appreciate the Fijian trying to gain possession, leading to the two squaring up.
Botia managed to slap Curry in the face before both teams pulled them apart while French referee Mathieu Raynal was less than impressed.
He could be heard saying: “Boys, pack it in, that’s pathetic. Play on!”
However, both Curry and Botia shook hands soon after as the Red Rose flanker even shared a cheesy grin with his opponent.
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Owen Farrell could be heard speaking to the referee of Botia, saying: “You can’t slap him like that.”
Curry, meanwhile, might consider himself somewhat lucky to have stayed on the pitch after a no-arms tackle earlier in the contest.
The 25-year-old has already seen red at the World Cup this autumn, being sent off in England’s first match against Argentina in controversial circumstances.
Steve Borthwick’s side sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup as they were made to sweat by the Pacific Island nation, winning 30-24 in Marseille.
England will face the winner of the France vs South Africa tie on Saturday.
In a brilliantly contested quarter-final, England managed to claim revenge against Fiji, who beat them for the first time in their history last month in a friendly.
Two quickfire tries with close to 10 minutes to go put the South Pacific Islanders level with Borthwick’s men and the momentum looked like it had switched after England took a healthy lead.
But a drop goal and a penalty from Farrell pushed England six points ahead, and while Fiji would not give up, they could not claim the converted try needed to win them the match.