Highlanders hooker Anton Oliver has been cleared of stamping on New South Wales prop Ben Robinson’s head during their Super 14 match last Friday, the competition’s judicial committee said on Monday.
All Black Oliver had been ordered to appear before the Sanzar judiciary by citing commissioner David Gray.
New South Wales won the game at Carisbrook in Dunedin 20-3 to move to the top of the Super 14 table.
“After hearing evidence from Oliver and viewing video footage of the incident, the committee was satisfied that, in fact, another Highlanders player had struck Robinson on the head,” the committee said in a statement issued by the NZRU.
“At the same ruck, however, Oliver’s boot had made contact with the shoulder of another Waratahs player lying on the Highlanders’ side of the ruck.”
“However, the committee was satisfied the contact made was inadvertent as Oliver was endeavouring to secure possession of the football lying immediately alongside the Waratahs player.”
The Waratahs play the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday, while the Highlanders travel to Canberra to play the fourth-placed ACT Brumbies.