Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Coach Wayne Bennett back at Brisbane Broncos, and immediately senses the pressure to succeed

Phil Lutton Returning NRL coach Wayne Bennett commands Golden God status in his temple at Red Hill but even he was not promising miracles for the Broncos as he takes command of his old club heading into the 2015...

Mal Meninga warns North Queensland Cowboys to keep emotions in check against Roosters

Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton Brent Tate says the Cowboys will take an 'us versus them' mentality into their elimination final against the Roosters but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has warned North Queensland not to let a week of...

Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Paul Green with Johnathan Thurston.

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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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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NRL finals: The top storylines so far...

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

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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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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League

Justin Hodges urges Daly Cherry-Evans to release pressure valve

Still learning the ropes: Queensland bench utility Daly Cherry-Evans.

Phil Lutton Maroons veteran Justin Hodges has urged Daly Cherry-Evans to put less expectation on himself as the Manly star desperately tries to stamp his class in the cut-throat theatre of representative...

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Opinion

When it comes to Origin, eight might be enough

Has Queensland's record winning streak taken the fun out of Origin.

Phil Lutton All quiet on the Qld front - have we finally started to tire of beating the Blues?

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League

Queensland players value their Origin spot, says Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has started the Origin campaign on the front foot, saying his players value their place in the Queensland side as NSW continues to wrestle with the fallout of Mitchell Pearce's boozy...

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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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Half measures: How the Brisbane Broncos pivots stack up

Ben Barba

Phil Lutton Throughout their short but disproportionately successful life as an NRL club, the Brisbane Broncos have thought long and hard about opening the wallet in the player market.

League

Josh Hoffman's future with Brisbane Broncos uncertain

Josh Hoffman

Phil Lutton The Brisbane Broncos could yet grant a release to disgruntled fullback Josh Hoffman - but not before the club plays the Bulldogs in the first round of the NRL season.

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Cherry on top after Broncos miss out on Smith

Cherry-Evans

Phil Lutton The revolution at Red Hill won't start with Cameron Smith after all. It could be a blessing in disguise if the club succesfully directs its energy at what surely must be the new prime target.

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NRL

Hunt shines as Broncos fall at final hurdle

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21:  Ben Hunt of the Broncos celebrates after scoring a try during the round three NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on March 21, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The night Ben Hunt established himself as a legitimate NRL halfback was, in the end, overshadowed by four minutes of brilliance from the reigning premier.

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Rugby league

Officiating is a touchie subject for Thurston

Johnathan Thurston

Steve Mascord, Phil Lutton KANGAROOS five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has labelled touch judges glorified fans, resulting in an invitation to referees headquarters so their roles can be explained.

QRL backs stiff punishments

Brawl

Phil Lutton Queensland Rugby League bosses say a life ban for a junior player accused of stomping on a rival's head is a justified as they backed up a raft of punishments following a wild grand final day in...

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No need for Broncos to panic

Stagg

Phil Lutton Hold fire. This is only round one. And just as it is far too early to predict South Sydney will lead a red and green army into the grand final, so is it premature to predict a year of woe for the...

Thurston's laughing at scandal-free Townsville

Thurston

Phil Lutton It's only round two. Already, teams are falling apart. Cronulla have a win but the "tick, tick, tick" is deafening. The Raiders have sacked Josh Dugan.

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Live: Titans v Eels

Greg Bird

Phil Lutton Live: Titans v Eels