You know you have done something right when none other than an All Blacks tighthead prop, in some circles the most feared denizen in rugby, gives his approval on the use of the white card, brandished after Crusaders and All Blacks incumbent number three Owen Franks had been one of a few parties involved in...a melee.

In what many old school retired forwards would argue it part of rugby's lifeblood, Franks was involved in an altercation between the Crusaders and Highlanders front rows in their Week Two Super Rugby clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Assistant referee Kane McBride made a report to referee Jaco Peyper, who gave the penalty to the Highlanders and issued the tighthead with a white card, which means the incident is reviewed to see if further sanction is required.

The white card was used an something of an intermediate action from the referee, not wanting to issue a penalty or yellow/red card for something he is unsure about, meaning that the player or incident in question can be reviewed.

Ordinarily the suspension of a punch can result in a sending off, so the white card was used to ensure complete transperancy.

Franks, a rare thing being a world class tighthead at 24-years-old, a profession usually only mastered with over a decade in the coalface, spoke to leading Christchurch news service The Press, and said that the system had worked well.

"I was quite happy with the process," the All Black, one of the strongest men on last season's World Cup winning squad, said

"To stay on the field was good. Last year you might have seen a punch thrown and then someone get sin-binned."

"I thought the process worked well. It was nothing major and it probably warranted a penalty at most."

Showcasing a perception that would have the forementioned old schoolers nodding in pride, Franks said the scuffle was nothing worth mentioning.

"It was a punch but it was nothing major," Franks said.

"It was Chris King, I think. I spoke to him after the game and we had a laugh. It was a giggle, really. I couldn't really leave Flynnie (Corey Flynn) hanging so I put in my 10 cents worth and then got out of there."