Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

NRL finals: The top storylines so far...

Phil Lutton One week down, so much goodness/angst/action/drama/JSoward to digest. Here we go...

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

Brisbane's Alex Glenn tries to break clear of the Tigers' defence.

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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Brisbane Broncos' run to finals: Our predictions

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Winger Dale Copley hasn't lost faith in finals appearance.

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North Queensland Cowboys and NRL at war after Tariq Sims pleads guilty

On report for a late challenge: Tariq Sims.

Phil Lutton An explosive afternoon has seen the NRL slap down North Queensland with a $10,000 fine, only hours after Cowboys coach Paul Green declared he had "no faith" in rugby league officialdom.

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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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Bullish Renouf backs Broncos to stun Cowboys

Broncos great Steve Renouf.

Phil Lutton Broncos great Steve Renouf believes Ben Hunt can lead Brisbane to its greatest triumph of the post-Bennett era and storm North Queensland's seemingly impenetrable Townsville citadel on Saturday night.

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Anthony Griffin out to defy Storm and Brisbane doubters

Anthony Griffin is out to prove his doubters wrong.

Phil Lutton Anthony Griffin's 100th game as Brisbane Broncos coach could be one for the ages, writes Phil Lutton.

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Best for last: Hunt in pivotal test against Cronk

Brisbane Broncos pivot Ben Hunt.

Phil Lutton Broncos pivot must overcome, or at least match wits with, Cronk.

NRL Live: Broncos v Warriors

Daniel Vidot

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Warriors

League

Brisbane Broncos must move on from the aura of Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

Phil Lutton There must come a point in the existence of the Brisbane Broncos when fans, members, former players and powerbrokers resist the urge to holler for Wayne Bennett as soon as the chips are down.

League

Brisbane Broncos split on Wayne Bennett as salary-cap saga continues

Quitting the Knights ... Wayne Bennett's club for 2015 is shrouded in mystery.

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos powerbrokers remain in a delicate holding pattern as the club decides on whether to make a play for supercoach Wayne Bennett, amid fresh revelations surrounding its salary-cap saga...

Dale Copley cut from right cloth for Origin: Justin Hodges

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Justin Hodges has given Dale Copley his biggest endorsement yet.

Five key questions for the Queensland Reds

Queensland Reds will play out the season without Liam Gill.

Phil Lutton Player movements, Karmichael Hunt, key games and where's Liam Gill?

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State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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Phil Lutton State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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Brisbane's Sam Thaiday urges caution in quest to slow contest

Alex McKinnon

Phil Lutton Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday says it would be unwise to play a blame game after the neck injury of Newcastle's Alex McKinnon but urged fellow players to use caution in their quest to try and contain...

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League

The Jamal Idris deal: Winners and losers

Idris

Phil Lutton It's barely 2014 and already the first shock-horror NRL player defection/trade/offload/coup has come and gone. Quick everyone – shut your eyes and when you wake up, it will be October.

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Ex-captain Thaiday to ditch 'Katy Perry' football

Veterans Justin Hodges and Corey Parker will lead the Broncos as co-captains.

Phil Lutton Sam Thaiday says the decision to step down as Broncos captain was hard - but was also his.

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Sam Thaiday's Broncos captaincy victim to change for change's sake

Phil Lutton Something had to give. The Brisbane Broncos don't have the worst season in their history, then simply front up as if everything was going according to plan.

Opinion

Lote Tuqiri a good buy for South Sydney Rabbitohs

Phil Lutton dinkus

Phil Lutton Maybe short-term deals with vets like Tuqiri will become the norm, rather than a novelty, as coaches try to pad their squads with not only talent, but experience.

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