Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for

Craig Bellamy blasts NRL's 'criminal' scheduling as Melbourne Storm limp over line

Phil Lutton Storm coach says he has never seen a football team so exhausted, while Storm skipper Cam Smith says the players' union will raise matter with the league.

Cameron Munster mashes Brisbane Broncos as Melbourne Storm fire NRL finals warning

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 29:  Cameron Munster of the Storm is tackled during the round 25 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at AAMI Park on August 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Cameron Munster was electrifying for the Melbourne Storm as they signed off the season in fine style against Brisbane.

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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy not stressed about top four prospects heading into NRL finals

Focused: Craig Bellamy.

Phil Lutton Craig Bellamy can't stress about whether his side makes the top four. Melbourne can finish anywhere between fourth (should they win and the Sharks lose to Manly) and seventh if they fail and other...

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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett puts Justin Hodges in the company of greats

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Justin Hodges of the Broncos makes a line break during the round 25 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton One of the greats ... Wayne Bennett on Justin Hodges.

Darius Boyd says Brisbane Broncos halves the equal of any in NRL finals

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07:  Darius Boyd of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on August 7, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) s

Phil Lutton Darius Boyd says Brisbane won't be wasting their opportunity in the NRL finals.

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor says loss to Gold Coast Titans not acceptable

Reined in: Dragons hooker Mitch Rein is caught by the Titans defence at Cbus Super Stadium.

Phil Lutton Paul McGregor wasn't impressed with the loss to the Titans.

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Dave Taylor enigma continues as Gold Coast Titans upset St George Illawarra Dragons

Kane Elgey of the Titans spreads the ball wide.

Phil Lutton Europe-bound Dave Taylor stars for the Titans in their upset win over the Dragons.

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Michael Morgan's loss costly but Cowboys can soldier on in NRL finals

Phil Lutton That time of year: Michael Morgan could miss the entire finals series.

Indigenous All Stars NRL match takes on added meaning after Adam Goodes saga

All star: Greg Inglis features in the Indigenous war dance before the 2015 All Stars match.

Phil Lutton Rugby league's Indigenous Round could scarcely have arrived at a better time

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State of Origin: After a week from hell Queensland captain Cameron Smith gets down to business, and business, as usual, is very good

Captain's knock: Cameron Smith celebrates a Darius Boyd try with Johnathan Thurston during Wednesday's Origin walkover.

Phil Lutton Queensland would rally around Cameron Smith and deliver the Blues an unprecedented belting in Origin III.

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State of Origin: Justin Hodges can't resist parting shot as finale looms

Public enemy: Justin Hodges has never denied being a devout follower of the art of mental disintegration.

Phil Lutton Justin Hodges revels in on-field exchanges and says it's 'all in fun'.

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Cameron Smith on the rise of the athlete and demise of the footballer

Phil Lutton The Queensland captain says power players, rather than creators, are taking over the code.

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State of Origin: Matt Scott says Queensland Maroons must stick up for themselves in decider

'I think we were a bit too nice in the ruck': Matt Scott says the Maroons need to be stronger in the middle in the Origin decider.

Phil Lutton Matt Scott says Queensland let themselves be pushed around in game two.

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State of Origin: Josh Papalii finds himself cast as a reluctant enforcer

Phil Lutton Josh Papalii knows Mal Meninga wants him to dish out the pain.

State of Origin blow for NSW as Beau Scott suffers shoulder injury against Broncos

Mainstay: Beau Scott has been a key member of the Blues' side in the first two State of Origin clashes.

Phil Lutton Beau Scott left the field in the first half with a shoulder injury

NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons count State of Origin cost after Brisbane Broncos' victory over Newcastle Knights

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: Lachlan Maranta of the Broncos celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during the round 16 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Newcastle Knights at Suncorp Stadium on June 26, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Both the Blues and Maroons find themselves with major injury concerns after a night of carnage in Brisbane

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Geoff Toovey not the architect of Manly Sea Eagles' fall, insists Wayne Bennett


Phil Lutton Manly are having a shocker but don't blame Geoff Toovey, insists Wayne Bennett

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QRL faces sombre task to deal with fateful tackle that cost James Ackerman his life

Tragic: James Ackerman who died after being injured in a tackle on Saturday.

Phil Lutton Francis Molo will have a specially convened judiciary to deal with his tackle on the late James Ackerman.

Josh Papalii shapes as 'Klemmer Killer' as Daly Cherry-Evans stands to get State of Origin reprieve

Big return: Josh Papalii of the Raiders may receive a call-up for game three.

Phil Lutton DCE should get another go for the Maroons as Mal Meninga looks to Big Papa for firepower.