Phil Lutton Cameron Smith commands a great deal of respect in Queensland but can't command the Origin crowd to stay in their seat as Paul Gallen triumphantly hoists the shield.
Phil Lutton Live: Cowboys v Broncos
Phil Lutton Johnathan Thurston has crowned Manly as the game's best verbal provocateurs and expects a torrent of chatter when the Cowboys head to Sydney for their sudden-death final on Friday night.
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.
State of Origin
Phil Lutton The Maroons think critics have missed a trick if they believe their side is chronically underpowered going into the Origin opener in Sydney
Phil Lutton Breaking up is hard to do. But sometimes people, footballers even, just grow apart. Sigh.
Phil Lutton Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga has described being asked to leave a Brisbane bar as a "storm in a teacup" and criticised media coverage of it.
Phil Lutton Mal Meninga went on the front foot on Thursday saying it was an embarrassment to lump his incident in a Brisbane bar next to the Blake Ferguson scandal.
Joe Barton, Phil Lutton Melbourne Storm and NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman says he is in no need of babysitting on a night out, but admits employing minders could help players who can't help themselves.