Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

NRL:

Late surge sees Brisbane dominate battling Knights

Darius Boyd

Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Knights

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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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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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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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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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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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League

Brisbane Broncos split on Wayne Bennett as salary-cap saga continues

Quitting the Knights ... Wayne Bennett's club for 2015 is shrouded in mystery.

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos powerbrokers remain in a delicate holding pattern as the club decides on whether to make a play for supercoach Wayne Bennett, amid fresh revelations surrounding its salary-cap saga...

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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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.

Lesser lights key to Queensland's Origin hopes

Queensland forward Chris McQueen.

Phil Lutton Roleplayers just as important as superstars for Meninga's Maroons.

League

Josh Hoffman's future with Brisbane Broncos uncertain

Josh Hoffman

Phil Lutton The Brisbane Broncos could yet grant a release to disgruntled fullback Josh Hoffman - but not before the club plays the Bulldogs in the first round of the NRL season.

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Brisbane announce Scott Prince deal

Scott Prince

Phil Lutton The Brisbane Broncos have announced the signing of Scott Prince after the halfback's release from the Gold Coast Titans this morning.

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League

Youngster’s death gives perspective amid NRL’s torment

West Tigers Players enter the Funeral of Mosese  Fotuaika held at the Latter-day Saints Church in Cleveland, 7th of March 2013. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Phil Lutton Almost 100 Wests Tigers players have travelled to Brisbane to pay their respects to under 20s star Mosese Fotuaika, who was found dead in his Sydney townhouse last week.

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Allegations against players leave sports in a quandary

Katie Lewis, who alleges she was punched in the face by Souths forward Ben Te'o

Phil Lutton Everybody loses when footballers are accused of behaving badly. It's a seasonal staple that has cropped up again this week with Ben Te'o facing allegations of assaulting a woman in a Brisbane home.

Meninga has high hopes for a bruised Darius Boyd

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26: Darius Boyd of the Knights is pulled down during the round 11 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium on May 26, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The Queensland coach Mal Meninga says Boyd has until Friday to prove his fitness.

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.

NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

Josh Dugan

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

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NRL

Renouf demands audit of 'anti-Wayne' Broncos

Steve Renouf

Phil Lutton Brisbane great Steve Renouf has joined a growing chorus of dissatisfaction with his former club, urging the Broncos to call in independent auditors to tear apart the football operations as Red Hill...

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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 ..