Crusaders back-row Jordan Taufua has forgiven Sharks flanker Jean Deysel for stomping on him in Saturday's clash in Christchurch.
Deysel was red carded after ramming his boot into Taufua's face in the 15th minute of the match, which the Sharks won 30-25, but Taufua revealed that the duo made their peace after the final whistle.
"He came up to me and apologised to me at the end and I just told him 'no hard feelings mate, it's a contact sport'," Taufua told Fairfax Media.
"I think it was just a heat of the moment thing you know? I think he was trying to get back on his D-line and just reacted. I'm not angry at him or anything. I have got no grudge."
Taufua spent several minutes on the ground after the incident and sustained a cut to his lip.
Deysel has been cited for the incident and faces a Sanzar judicial hearing later in the week.
Sharks boss Jake White refused to defend Deysel's moment of madness, but maintained he was not a dirty player.
"I can't stand here and protect a guy and condone that sort of thing," White said.
"It's not like him, that's the thing I feel most embarrassed about.
"He's not a dirty guy, he's got an unbelievable record. He's a tough man carries the ball hard but I think he's as remorseful in the changing room as I would expect any player to be. It's not him."