'Nervous' Woods cleared of lifting tackle

Kangaroos prop Aaron Woods admits being nervous over the tackle that could've ended his Rugby League World Cup tournament.

 

Woods and teammate David Klemmer were on Monday cleared of dangerous tackles in Friday's win over Lebanon after no charges were laid by the match review committee.

Woods was booked for a lifting tackle on Tim Mannah in the second half that almost had the Lebanon front-rower hitting the ground head first.

"I knew when I did it that it was going into an awkward situation, so I tried to pull him back. That's why he didn't land on his neck or his shoulder," Woods said in Darwin on Monday.

"I tried my best. I got caught in a bad situation. I won't be pulling any legs any time soon."

The Canterbury signing feared the worst after looking at the replays.

"It didn't look good when they did the slow motion on the camera. I was a bit nervous. I knew I did the right thing in the tackle," he said.

"I tried to do my best and prevent things from happening and make sure he was safe. You can say I was a bit nervous. You never know what the judiciary is going to do with it.

"It was good to get off and hopefully be in contention this week. I just texted him and said sorry about that after the game."

Klemmer was put on report after a tackle in which his head and shoulder clashed with ball-carrier Chris Saab's head, leaving the Lebanon second-rower concussed.

However the World Cup MRC also found he had no case to answer.

"You don't run into a tackle with your head down. It was a bad situation," Woods said.

"Klem just hit him with his chest. He's a big unit. Hopefully Chris Saab got out of it all good. It will be good to see him play this week but I'm not too sure about the concussion rules."

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