Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

League

Sam Thaiday back in State of Origin frame as Broncos demolish Manly

Phil Lutton Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday has thundered back into the State of Origin frame as he rebounded from a long-term injury in Brisbane's 36-10 thumping of an off-colour Manly at Suncorp Stadium.

Sam Thaiday backs Brent Tate as Origin tackle debate continues to simmer

Sam Thaiday.

Phil Lutton The Brent Tate-Josh Reynolds incident from Origin I refuses to fade away, with Sam Thaiday defending the Queensland winger amid suggestions he was out of line to speak out over the dangerous throw.

Sam Thaiday quits Brisbane Broncos captaincy

NRL. Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos. Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Sam Thaiday
Saturday 27th April, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos NRL forward Sam Thaiday says he remains committed to the club despite stepping down from captaincy after discussions with coach Anthony Griffin.

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.

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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League

Alex McKinnon incident should not be a taboo topic in NRL

The sickening tackle on Alex McKinnon.

Phil Lutton Serious neck injuries in contact sports are hardly a matter of joy, which is why it is disheartening that a discussion about the issue in rugby league has all the hallmarks of a pub-standard...

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League

Queensland Maroons name squad for second State of Origin match

Anthony Milford Ben Hunt

Phil Lutton Queensland have named a 22-man squad for Origin II due to the high number of players under an injury cloud.

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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 Live: Game two from Sydney

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Phil Lutton State of Origin Live: Game two from Sydney

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Meninga on recalled Taylor: 'He hasn't done a job for us in the past'

Dave Taylor

Phil Lutton *****Embargoed until 12pm***** Mal Meninga has fired a broadside at.... one of his own players? The Maroons coach welcomed walloping forward Dave Taylor to camp with a stark dose of reality as the...

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State of Origin: Cherry-Evans to tough it out in face of NSW assault

Racing the clock ... Maroons halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.

Phil Lutton Meninga doesn't believe NSW will target Cherry-Evans' injured knee.

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.