Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for brisbanetimes.com.au.

Roosters-Cowboys: Five keys to staying alive

Phil Lutton The big game happens in just a matter of hours. Here's Phil Lutton's take on the key deciding points.

Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Phil Lutton That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.

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Season report card: Brisbane Broncos

Brisbane Broncos logo

Phil Lutton Phil Lutton gives his grades on the season that was for the Brisbane Broncos.

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Five reasons Brisbane can beat the Cowboys

Sam Thaiday takes on Jonathan Thurston.

Phil Lutton It's got uphill battle written all over it. Brisbane's trek north to play the Cowboys on Saturday night should, by all reckonings, end with North Queensland's 11th consecutive win at their home...

A nervous north greets NRL finals with optimism, dread

Cowboys players dejected after defeat.

Phil Lutton In the months after North Queensland's controversial exit from the NRL finals last season, a special package arrived at the front desk of Rugby League Central in Sydney.

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Lion plan not shelved despite massive backlash

Lion roaming free

Phil Lutton Brisbane Lions chief executive Greg Swann said the club would continue to investigate the practicalities of having a live lion at home games despite a howl of protest from animal welfare and activist...

Props to the Blackhawks, who finally win the name game

Blackhawks in action in East Timor.

Phil Lutton Finally, someone gets it. Well played Townsville Blackhawks, who have somehow, against all odds, come up with a name for a team that isn't completely horrible, generic, forgettable, inane, bizarre,...

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Brisbane stand by coaching call regardless of results

Outgoing Broncos coach Anthony Griffin.

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos chairman Dennis Watt says the club will stand by its decision to sack coach Anthony Griffin no matter what transpires in the NRL finals, which begin on Friday night.

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Storm, Broncos add another chapter to long-distance rivalry

The Storm celebrate after Todd Lowrie, now a Broncos player, scores for them in 2012.

Phil Lutton It's a curious thing, how Melbourne and Brisbane have become one of the more serviceable modern rivalries in rugby league. Time to add a new chapter.

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Reds say O'Connor here to stay despite French reports

Queensland Reds signing: James O'Connor.

Phil Lutton Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Jim Carmichael says new signing James O'Connor has committed to the Reds for two years, despite reports out of France the former Test winger was heading back to...

Wait over as Reds roll dice on O'Connor, Hunt

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds will roll the dice on its highest-profile gamble since Wendell Sailor when James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt are officially unveiled as blue-chip signings in Brisbane on Friday...

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Eight will be enough as Broncos chase finals

Phil Lutton The Queensland Origin players involved in the Broncos found out the hard way that winning streaks don't last forever.

How much pain is enough for spluttering Sharks?

Junior Roqica of the Sharks looks dejected on the Sharks bench.

Phil Lutton For those who believe the Cronulla organisation deserves everything it gets, you should be well pleased. Karma is preening itself to be an absolute bitch on Monday night.

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Griffin's 20-somethings now key to Broncos finals hopes

Phil Lutton For Anthony Griffin, like the man for whom he must make way, syrupy sentiment won't take up vast slabs of his time as he prepares to depart his current employer.

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Roar buck big names for rare gems

Former Roar striker Besart Berisha will be tough to replace for coach Mike Mulvey.

Phil Lutton Brisbane hope Mensur Kurtisi can follow lead of Thomas Broich and Besart Berish.

'I've spilled litres of blood': Daley fires back at Qld greats

Queensland Red Ben Daley has hit back after criticism of the team's effort levels.

Phil Lutton It's Queensland-NSW derby day and the Reds are locked in battle with... their own former greats.

Wounded warrior Tate had inkling about nightmare Origin series

Brent Tate screams in agony after injuring his leg in Origin last month.

Phil Lutton Tucked down the side corridor of a much happier Queensland dressing room, Brent Tate was perched up on a bench, crutches by side and fiddling with the velcro straps on his full-length knee brace.

Reds refuse to buy into O'Connor reports

James O'Connor

Phil Lutton Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham has endorsed James O'Connor as a quality footballer but refused to confirm reports the former Wallaby had already agreed to a two-year deal at Ballymore.

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The Coal Train cometh as Maroons pick up pieces

Titan Dave Taylor could be in line for an Origin recall.

Phil Lutton The Coal Train could be rumbling towards Origin once again as Queensland selectors turn their eyes towards the bullocking figure of Dave Taylor amid a post-game medical meltdown.

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Emotional Mal Meninga opens up about release of brother from jail

Fozzie logic: The Maroons have had their fair share of off-field troubles under coach Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga says his family will rally around brother Bevan, who was released from prison on Wednesday morning after spending 22 years in jail for the rape and murder of 19-year-old...