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Sydney Roosters star Braith Anasta avoided any unwelcome judicial drama ahead of Friday's grudge match against the Bulldogs after escaping a careless high tackle charge.
Anasta was given the green light to line up against his former club at ANZ Stadium after the NRL match review committee deemed the pivot had no charge to answer for his hit on Melbourne winger Steve Turner.
"We looked at four angles and one of the angles showed the most likely point of contact was (Anasta's) chest onto Steve Turner's shoulder, so there was no contact with the head at all," said match review committee chairman Greg McCallum.
Anasta starred in the Roosters' 10-6 win on Saturday a week after suffering a broken nose courtesy of a Karmichael Hunt shoulder charge.
Hunt escaped suspension after Brisbane successfully fought the charge at the judiciary, but McCallum denied that result had any bearing on Anasta's case.
"The video clearly showed that it wasn't his shoulder, it was his chest, that made contact. He remained front on and he didn't do anything careless at all. It was a pretty solid hit actually," said McCallum.
Before the release of the charge sheet, Anasta said he would have been "surprised" to be charged.
"It's going to be a big game so it's one I don't want to miss that's for sure," Anasta said.