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Garbutt breaks silence on James Tamou punch
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Garbutt breaks silence on James Tamou punch

Leeds Rhinos prop Mitch Garbutt has expressed regret over punching James Tamou, revealing he apologised to the North Queensland Cowboys front rower after their World Club Challenge encounter.

Leeds Rhinos prop Mitch Garbutt has expressed regret over punching James Tamou, revealing he apologised to the North Queensland Cowboys front rower after their World Club Challenge encounter.

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Garbutt was sent off late in Leeds' 38-4 defeat to the NRL champions at Headingley on Sunday for striking Tamou, who had slapped tackler Keith Galloway after playing the ball.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) handed Garbutt a two-game ban following his admission of the grade C offence, while Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott blasted the Leeds forward as "weak".


Speaking to the Rhinos' website, Garbutt said: "It was a silly thing that I did. It's not something that I am about, I don't condone violence and it's not something I want kids watching the game to see.


"Everyone that knows me knows I'm not the sort of person that does those things.

"I sought James out after the game to apologise and we sorted things out and there were no hard feelings.

"I accepted the ban from the RFL and I'm very disappointed I won't be out there with the boys for the next couple of weeks. I'll be looking to move on and put it behind me."

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