Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons thriving in 'small ball' NRL

Phil Lutton Before the NRL season started, the only questions about the Broncos and St George-Illawarra seemed to be which coach would be sacked the fastest.

NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

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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...

Brisbane Broncos' run to finals: Our predictions

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Winger Dale Copley hasn't lost faith in finals appearance.

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Brisbane Broncos must move on from the aura of Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

Phil Lutton There must come a point in the existence of the Brisbane Broncos when fans, members, former players and powerbrokers resist the urge to holler for Wayne Bennett as soon as the chips are down.

Dale Copley cut from right cloth for Origin: Justin Hodges

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Justin Hodges has given Dale Copley his biggest endorsement yet.

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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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.

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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Live: Titans v Rabbitohs

NRL Gold Coast Titans South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Defiant Hodges won't let Achilles injury end career

Phil Lutton.

Phil Lutton Justin Hodges isn't going out like this. The champion Broncos centre knows a second ruptured Achilles has ended his season but insists it won't end his NRL career.

No need for Broncos to panic

Stagg

Phil Lutton Hold fire. This is only round one. And just as it is far too early to predict South Sydney will lead a red and green army into the grand final, so is it premature to predict a year of woe for the...

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Underdone Raiders fall apart against Titans

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17:  Kevin Gordon of the Titans is tackled durng the round two NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Skilled Park on March 17, 2013 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton David Furner had hoped the Josh Dugan sacking and standing down of Blake Ferguson wouldn’t send the game plan spinning down the toilet, yet that’s exactly what transpired at Skilled Park.

Inglis thrilled Boyd part of Maroons' terrifying two

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26:  Darius Boyd of the Maroons celebrates after scoring a try during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 26, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Greg Inglis says Darius Boyd, media recluse and Origin try machine, does all the talking he needs on the field.

Petero still has an Origin role

Brisbane Broncos veteran Petero Civoniceva.

Phil Lutton Queensland Origin selectors have a handful of key decisions to make for their game one squad but dropping Petero Civoniceva isn't one of them, writes Phil Lutton.

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Griffin is rugby league through and through

Anthony Griffin

Phil Lutton To say Wayne Bennett going back to the Broncos would have been a step backwards for the club isn't exactly true. The guy has won seven premierships, is one of the great coaches in any code on the ..

Inglis at centre of Griffin's concerns

Phil Lutton Anthony Griffin is such a fan of Greg Inglis the fullback that he is openly wishing for a return of Greg Inglis the centre as his side prepares to cross the Nullarbor to play the Rabbitohs in Perth.

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.

Bookies think Morris can beat Brisbane by himself

Brett Morris

Phil Lutton Talk about underdogs. Most tipsters will be backing St George-Illawarra to beat the inexperienced Broncos in Wollongong tomorrow night but one bookmaker thinks try-scoring Dragons winger Brett Morris...