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Leeds Rhinos prop Mitch Garbutt apologises for punching James Tamou

Leeds Rhinos prop Mitch Garbutt apologises for his punching James Tamou, which resulted in him being issued with a two-match ban.

Leeds Rhinos prop Mitch Garbutt has apologised for punching James Tamou in Sunday's World Club Challenge match against North Queensland Cowboys.

The 26-year-old was issued with a red card towards the end of the 38-4 defeat and later a two-match suspension.

"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," BBC Sport quotes Garbutt as saying.

"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."

The Cowboys won the series 3-0 and took the title for the first time in their history.

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Mitch Garbutt in action for the Melbourne Storm on February 2, 2013
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