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...

Live NRL: Broncos v Roosters

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Double strike from Roosters sinks Titans

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Roosters outclass Titans 18-12

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Phil Lutton The Gold Coast Titans have remembered how to pay off a few debts but forgotten how to win football games.

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...

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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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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NRL finals: The top storylines so far...

Phil Lutton One week down, so much goodness/angst/action/drama/JSoward to digest. Here we go...

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...

Brisbane's Sam Thaiday urges caution in quest to slow contest

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

After both bouncing back from poor 2013 seasons, the Broncos and Dragons coaches Anthony Griffin and Steve Price are set to face off.

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.

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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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Qld's Origin team of familiar faces

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04:  Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston of the Maroons celebrate victory after game three of the 2012 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 4, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Sydney Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra is the only new face in the Queensland State of Origin side after coach Mal Meninga unveiled the squad that will take aim at a ninth-consecutive series victory.

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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Scott a modern-day Webcke: Parker

Phil Lutton Maroons lock Corey Parker says in-form prop shapes as a key advantage for Queensland.

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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...

League

All eyes on Corey Oates in NRL return for Brisbane Broncos

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Phil Lutton Brisbane must try to defeat the Roosters minus both first-choice props but the presence of rising star Corey Oates has given the undefeated Broncos fresh impetus as they host the premiers on Friday...

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Hunt shines as Broncos fall at final hurdle

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21:  Ben Hunt of the Broncos celebrates after scoring a try during the round three NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on March 21, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The night Ben Hunt established himself as a legitimate NRL halfback was, in the end, overshadowed by four minutes of brilliance from the reigning premier.

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Live: Broncos v Cowboys

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