Leeds Rhinos’ prop Mitch Garbutt to miss two games following World Club Challenge red card

Leeds Rhinos' Mitch Garbutt (second right) punches North Queensland Cowboys James Tamou in the World Club Challenge last night
Leeds Rhinos' Mitch Garbutt (second right) punches North Queensland Cowboys James Tamou in the World Club Challenge last night
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Leeds Rhinos’ Australian prop Mitch Garbutt will miss two matches following his red card in the Dacia World Club Challenge loss to North Queensland Cowboys.

Garbutt was sent-off for punching Queensland forward James Tamou late in Rhinos’ 38-4 defeat.

The RFL match review panel charged him with Grade C punching after studying footage of the incident.

He faced a suspension of up to three games, but submitted an early guilty plea which resulted in a two-match ban.

The front-rower will miss Saturday’s game at Catalans Dragons and the following Friday’s visit of Huddersfield Giants.

Tamou was sin-binned for lashing out at Rhinos’ Keith Galloway before Garbutt knocked him off his feet.

The match review panel decided not to charge the Cowboys man. Their ruling stated: “Strikes with hand. Player lashes out towards opponent and makes light contact with open-hand.

“Conduct worthy of Concerning Act notification from NRL.”

There were no other charges from last weekend’s World Club Series or Super League games.

Kallum Watkins (Picture: David Neilson/SWpix.com/PhotosportNZ)

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