Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

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

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...

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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League

Mal Meninga urges league chiefs to apologise for high-priced Origin tickets

League of its own: Queensland coach Mal Meninga says the Maroons' dominance can't harm the Origin brand.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga says rugby league administrators must admit they have made a mistake with Origin ticket prices and take drastic action to avoid banks of empty seats for the Origin opener at Suncorp...

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Sting of Origin defeat will be making of Daly Cherry-Evans, says Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga believes Daly Cherry-Evans will emerge a stronger, better footballer after the Maroons halfback endured one of the most difficult weeks of his career, culminating in Queensland's loss to...

League

State of Origin: Queensland Maroons attack must come to life in series finale

Mal Meninga watches on during a captain's run at Suncorp Stadium.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has finally surfaced. Now all the Maroons have to do is locate their misfiring attack as they try to stave off an Origin clean sweep at Suncorp Stadium.

No news is good news for embattled Will Chambers

Will Chambers continues to train with the Maroons squad despite this week's assault allegation.

Phil Lutton No news may be good news for Will Chambers, who remains on track to make his Origin debut despite being accused of assault during a night out at a Brisbane backpacker bar.

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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Maroons' Will Chambers at centre of assault complaint

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Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga will come under pressure to stand down Will Chambers after the Maroons winger found himself at the centre of an assault allegation a week out from the third State of...

Will Chambers faces huge test before Origin: Nate Myles

Phil Lutton A candid Nate Myles says Will Chambers will face one of the biggest tests of his career as he tries to prepare for an Origin debut under the cloud of an assault accusation.

Rugby League

Cooper Cronk to return as Maroons try to stave off clean sweep

Return likely: Cooper Cronk is a good chance of returning for the final match of the Origin series.

Phil Lutton Queensland had to wait for one halfback prior to game two. Now they will sweat on another as Cooper Cronk makes an audacious bid to come back in time to help save the Maroons from a demoralising...

State of Origin: Maroons name Cooper Cronk

Cooper Cronk and Matt Scott talk tactics with Matt Gillett during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session.

Phil Lutton Cooper Cronk has been named to make his return from a broken arm and Corey Parker returns from a facial injury as the Maroons bolster their Origin squad for game three of the series.

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League

Cooper Cronk says there's no risk in Origin return

Cooper Cronk passes during game one of the 2014 State of Origin series.

Phil Lutton Cooper Cronk concedes he has a number of hurdles to leap before Origin III but insists he's not taking any significant risks as he returns to the Queensland fold from a broken arm.

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Meninga wants refs to take charge of 'fugly' Origins

'Fugly' Origin football

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has urged Origin referees Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton to crack down on the ceaseless niggle that turned game two into a 'fugly' exhibition of football instead of a free-flowing...

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State of Origin Live: Game two from Sydney

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Phil Lutton State of Origin Live: Game two from Sydney

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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

State of Origin winners and losers from Broncos-Titans

Unlikely to make the cut: Ben Barba.

Phil Lutton Who soared - and who came up short - in Broncos-Titans as players make their final audition for Origin spots.

Thaiday an Origin certainty despite injury

Maroons forward Sam Thaiday.

Phil Lutton Queensland forward Sam Thaiday will be picked for the Maroons on Monday despite a lingering concerns over the calf injury that has forced him out of Friday night's meeting between Brisbane and the...

Rugby League

Guerra gets Maroon nod as Thaiday ruled out

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Phil Lutton Sam Thaiday will miss the Origin opener and Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra will make his debut as Queensland reshuffle their backrow ahead of the first game at Suncorp Stadium.

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Queensland's State of Origin report card

Phil Lutton Phil Lutton rates the Queensland State of Origin team.

More than luck behind Gillett's rise to the top

Phil Lutton Matt Gillett credits his lucky red undies but his Queensland teammates know there's more than good fortune behind the Brisbane backrower's rise to the top of the game.