Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

League

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

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...

State of Origin: End of a winning run that defied belief

Queensland captain Cameron Smith after the NSW win.

Phil Lutton After eight serene years of being able to create and execute seemingly at will, Queensland's State of Origin dynasty ended in a moment of fruitless frustration, the kind of pointless arm-waving that...

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Smith the greatest hooker ever, says Meninga

Queensland skipper Cameron Smith.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has declared his Origin skipper Cameron Smith the best hooker that's ever played the game and wished the Blues good luck in curtailing his influence in the Origin opener.

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.

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.

NRL:

Cowboys too hot to handle for Broncos

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Matthew Bowen (r) of the Cowboys celebrates a try with team mates  during the First NRL Elimination Final match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at Dairy Farmers Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Live: Cowboys v Broncos

Rugby league

Treatment not fit for a Prince

Foundation Gold Coast Titans player Scott Prince.

Phil Lutton The Gold Coast Titans shouldn't be so hasty to enter post-Prince era, writes Phil Lutton.

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NRL

Thaiday tweaks his leadership approach

Sam Thaiday

Phil Lutton A change is going to come for Sam Thaiday, irrespective of the five-week countdown he is undertaking on the way to becoming a new father.

Origin's man without a moment, and the kid with the magic touch

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Phil Lutton As Mitchell Pearce continues his quest for Origin fulfilment, Cooper Cronk's cup runneth over.

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State of Origin

Master of pushing right buttons to fire up the Maroons machine

Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton It has been suggested Mal Meninga is to rugby league coaching what John Buchanan was to Australian cricket, although with much more substantial thighs.

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Meninga the man behind the Maroons' magic

Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton After seven years of success, Mal Meninga remains a puppet master capable of pulling all the right strings within his Queensland side, writes Phil Lutton.

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Broncos need a rock star and Barba's looking for a band

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Ben Barba of the Bulldogs in the warm up before the game during the round 10 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Hunter Stadium on May 19, 2013 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The Broncos must throw the kitchen sink at Ben Barba if he follows through with plans for a move north, writes Phil Lutton.

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State of Origin 2013's winners and losers

NRL STATE OF ORIGIN, Game 3. Action from game 3 at ANZ Stadium, Homebush. QLD celebrate their win.
17th July 2013. 
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald5

Phil Lutton It began with a flurry of punches and jokes about the size of Nate Myles' head and ended with a greased-up streaker deploying the most questionable tackle in Origin history.

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NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

Josh Dugan

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

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Broncos boss defends credibility

Brisbane Broncos CEP Paul White.

Phil Lutton Brisbane chief executive Paul White says he doesn't have a credibility issue and has told fans he stands accountable for the hard-hitting decisions that were made in a hectic beginning to his tenure...

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Finally in control, 'Hook' can be his own man

Phil Lutton Anthony Griffin must feel like he finally has the reins of a bolting horse. Up until then, 'Hook' had just been going along for the ride.

Rugby League

Dash of Bowen magic tames wasteful Broncos

Matt Bowen

Phil Lutton As far as presents go, vast expanses of defenderless real estate and an open try line in the 79th minute of a game on the edge isn’t too shoddy. Happy birthday, Matt Bowen.

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Broncos excel in post-Locky era

Corey Norman

Phil Lutton Darren Lockyer floated around the Broncos training barbecue like he was still limbering up for his marathon procession into retirement.

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What Broncos win over Dragons portends

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Phil Lutton Some facts came to light at Suncorp Stadium last night. Brisbane are a genuine premiership hope, the Dragons have shaken off the dreariness of the Bennett-era grind and Matt Gillett will almost...

Rugby League

Work-in-progress Broncos surprise even themselves

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27:  Josh Hoffman of the Broncos celebrates as he runs towards the tryline to score a try during the round eight NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on April 27, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The good times keep rolling at Red Hill. Brisbane’s reputation grows in stature by the week, with a sustained six-game burst of excellence and seven-and-one season start surprising everyone,...

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