Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

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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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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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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Live: Broncos v Cowboys

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Live: Broncos v Cowboys

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League

'Outrage' in Cowboys country over referees' error

Cowboys Petition

Phil Lutton North Queensland management want to move on from the refereeing bungle but Cowboy country remains in meltdown, writes Phil Lutton.

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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)

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Wayne Bennett axes Brisbane Broncos' co-captain system, wants Darius Boyd and Russell Packer at Brisbane Broncos

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Knights training at Balance Field, Mayfield. Picture shows coach Wayne Bennett, left, and Darius Boyd, right.
5th June 2014 Newcastle
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Phil Lutton Wayne Bennett has arrived home, pledging to help return the aura to his Brisbane Broncos and confirming this would be the final stop in his storied coaching career.

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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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Titans deny move to Brisbane market

The Titans pack down.

Phil Lutton Gold Coast chief executive Graham Annesley insists the Titans are going nowhere despite suggestions the club could be packed up and shifted an hour up the road should the NRL have to step in with...

Tariq Sims out for five weeks, misses NRL finals

Tariq Sims has copped a five-week suspension for his shoulder charge on Justin Hodges.

Phil Lutton North Queensland has been dealt a blow ahead of their knockout final against the Roosters, with backrower Tariq Sims lodging an early guilty plea and copping a five-week suspension for his shoulder...

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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...

A nervous north greets NRL finals with optimism, dread

Cowboys players dejected after defeat.

Phil Lutton In the months after North Queensland's controversial exit from the NRL finals last season, a special package arrived at the front desk of Rugby League Central in Sydney.

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Smith won't tell crowd to watch Gallen hoist Origin shield

Queenslanders shouldn't feel obliged to hang around to watch this tomorrow night, says Cameron Smith.

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.

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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

New Maroon Aidan Guerra not content to make up the numbers

Newcomer to the Maroons forward pack Aidan Guerra works out with the team on the Gold Coast.

Phil Lutton When Aidan Guerra's phone flashed up the name ''Trent Robinson'' less than a day after the Roosters had been thrashed by the North Queensland Cowboys, the back-rower wasn't necessarily expecting a...

Opinion

Titans the real deal, just add fans

The Gold Coast Titans have had more empty seats than fans at games this season.

Phil Lutton The Titans are playing good football on the Gold Coast. Now they have to find a way to connect with their fans.

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League

State of Origin: 'players lose faith' in judiciary process after Josh Reynolds decision

Trouble: Brent Tate is upended by Josh Reynolds.

Phil Lutton The North Queensland Cowboys have rallied around their Origin winger Brent Tate while coach Paul Green says players have lost all faith in the judiciary process after the Josh Reynolds decision.

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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.