(Reuters) - Auckland Blues prop Ofa Tuungafasi has been cleared to play in Super Rugby Aotearoa this weekend after being cleared of a red card offence in last week's match against Canterbury Crusaders.
Tuungafasi was shown a yellow card for a dangerous clear-out on Crusaders skipper Scott Barrett late in Sunday's match at Eden Park.
The citing commissioner thought the shoulder charge worthy of a red card but a SANZAAR Judicial Committee disagreed after a hearing.
"The Judicial Committee found that it was not satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the red card threshold had been met," a SANZAAR statement said.
"Nor was the Committee satisfied that the match referee was wrong in his issuing a yellow card."
The Blues, who lost 43-27 to the Crusaders, face the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Peter Rutherford)