Blues prop Tuungafasi cleared to play after hearing

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(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)