Andrew Porter: Ireland prop cleared after Brodie Retallick tackle against New Zealand

Adam Kyriacou

Ireland loosehead prop Andrew Porter has avoided further punishment after he was cited for his tackle on New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick.

The front-row was shown a yellow card following a head-on-head clash with Retallick in the deciding third Test which Ireland won 32-22 on Saturday.

Although Porter was subsequently cited for the incident, it has been confirmed that the complaint was dismissed by an independent judicial committee.

The disciplinary panel concurred that the yellow card issued by Saturday’s referee Wayne Barnes was correct due to the “absorbing nature of the tackle”.

Citing complaint dismissed

A World Rugby statement read: “Having considered all the evidence, the independent committee applied World Rugby’s Head Contact Process and agreed with the match officials’ on-field decision that the player’s act of foul play did not meet the red card threshold due to the absorbing nature of the tackle.

“On that basis, the independent committee deemed the act of foul play did not merit further sanction, and the citing complaint was dismissed.”

Ireland‘s epic victory in Wellington saw them claim a first series triumph over New Zealand, sparking celebratory scenes at full-time for the touring side.

Porter played a pivotal role in Ireland’s second Test success as he scored a brace of tries in their win in Dunedin, as they bounced back from the opener.

Meanwhile, the series defeat for New Zealand has been compounded by the news that Porter’s tackle on Retallick has ruled the lock out for six weeks.

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