Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis has moved to end the furore surrounding referee Romain Poite following last week's controversial loss to the All Blacks.
Du Plessis insists he bears no hard feeling towards the French official following his incorrect yellow card for a tackle on Dan Carter that eventually led to the hooker being sent off for a second yellow later in the game.
"I have no hard feelings and bear no grudges," Du Plessis told The Star.
"The reaction of world rugby has been extensive and with so much emotions being part of the game and part of being a rugby spectator it is understandable. It needs to be mentioned though that I am in no position to criticise anyone.
"I do not expect an apology. I have no doubt that Mr Poite had no ill intentions towards the Springboks or me. It must have been a great occasion for him to have been awarded a Test match viewed as arguably the greatest clash in world rugby.
"The commentary in the media must have an immense impact on him. I feel sorry for him and I do not want him to be banished from the rugby fraternity or to be viewed as a 'villain'. I bear no grudges against him and I have no doubt that he tried his best out there on the field."