A Thread For The Ennis Articles

Thought I would start a thread to stockpile all the rubbish articles about Ennis, The Farah/Ennis rivalry and Ennis’ desire to play for the Blues.

The guy has been rubbish for weeks and now his suck buddies in the media will give him a rails run
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Ennis ready to right Origin wrongs
Brent Read From: The Australian April 13, 2010 12:00AM

AS last year’s third and final State of Origin game so ably demonstrated, big games generally bring out the best in Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis.

Which means the Wests Tigers should be on guard on Friday night. If anything is capable of stoking the competitive fires within Ennis, it is a meeting with Tigers hooker and NSW rival Robbie Farah.

The pair has created one of the NRL’s most absorbing rivalries, the latest instalment of which takes place at the Sydney Football Stadium and will once again go some way towards solving the Blues hooking dilemma. Last year, Farah held the job for the opening two games of the series before Ennis forced his way in for NSW’s face-saving victory in the final clash at Suncorp Stadium.

By the end of the season, Farah again had the upper hand as he toured with the Kangaroos and played understudy to Cameron Smith. The Tigers rake retains the momentum heading into Friday night’s game. While Farah has thrived over the opening five rounds, bare statistics illustrate how much Ennis has been set back this year with a struggling pack.

Ennis has only one line break assist and one try assist to his name. Farah has three of each. Ennis has run only 16 times for 86m. Farah has scooted for 416m on 49 runs. If the NSW side was picked tomorrow, there would be one clear choice by selectors.

Yet Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore, who held a team meeting yesterday morning to address the issues which have undermined his squad, points out there are extenuating circumstances, most notably the injuries which have stripped the Bulldogs of Michael Hodgson and Mickey Paea.Those injuries have affected the club’s ability to win the forward battle, and inhibited Ennis’s raids. Moore, however, expects the meeting with the Tigers and Farah to extract the best from Ennis.

“I think that’s a fair assessment,” Moore said.

"He’s a big-match player. He’s proven that in the past.

“He’s the (NSW) incumbent.”

As for Ennis’s struggles this season, Moore pointed out he wasn’t alone. The Bulldogs have won only once and few, if any, players would admit their form is where it should be.

“I think it’s a thing right across the board,” Moore said.

"Everyone is struggling for that bit of confidence and cohesion. I think it’s very important to note that without three of our starting five front-rowers over the last couple of weeks, it’s very difficult to get your momentum.

"That probably inhibits Mick’s opportunities. It’s more about getting the team things right at the moment and Mick understands that. We’re falling down in some key areas.

“Defensively we haven’t been as good as we have been. That puts pressure on you when you have the football. If we can plug up those key areas, get some go-forward it will present more opportunities, not just for Mick but for Noddy and Benny Roberts.”

It won’t be easy against the Tigers, particularly with Farah and five-eighth Benji Marshall at the top of their game. The pair has helped guide the Tigers to four wins and a share of top spot with St George Illawarra and Melbourne.

It’s the first of two expected games between Farah and Ennis which could determine who wears the Blues No 9 jersey.

In three weeks, the pair is likely to face each other again in the traditional City-Country game.

“We had a team meeting this morning about improving all those key things,” Moore said.

"Defensively we were all over the shop the other day against the Warriors. We weren’t working off the same page. In real terms, there’s two games we should have won – the Newcastle game and the game on the weekend.

“We’re disappointed in that but we came out of the meeting today really focused. We have to put our heads down and work hard on that improvement.”

This the game where Robbie can really get the jump on Ennis for the NSW spot for game 1. No doubt the selectors will be watching closely.

Noone will be talking Ennis up after Friday night.

He is truly a grub of a player……see him leg lock the head of a Souths defender in their last game ? Should have copped what O’Meatheadonnell copped !! Maybe Bryce Gibbs can give him a warm welcome to the SFS and send him out the same way as Thurston and Stewart !!! ( …and, unfortunately , Moltzen 😦 )

statistically he has it all over robbie


he worse at missed tackles, try assists,tries, line breaks,line break assist, forced drop outs,tackels made

yep it yakes a pretty good player to be that much worse then another player and be prefered hooker for nsw

There is no doubt Farah is a better footballer, there is no doubt a heap of stats prove that. However

  • Ennis team finished 2nd last season, we finished 9th
  • Ennis played in a winning origin team and Farah didn’t

We all know Farah is 1000% better however it is important he gets the upper hand in these duels. Lead us to victory on Friday Night, make us 5-1 and them 1-5 and it becomes harder and harder to make a case for Ennis.

Hope he gets SMASHED so he won’t be considered for next weeks game let alone Origin.

"Everyone is struggling for that bit of confidence and cohesion. I think it’s very important to note that without three of our starting five front-rowers over the last couple of weeks, it’s very difficult to get your momentum.

"That probably inhibits Mick’s opportunities. It’s more about getting the team things right at the moment and Mick understands that. We’re falling down in some key areas.

Rubbish, what about Farah not having Galloway, Payten and Gibbs this season? Im sure there’s more as well.

Farah DOESN’T need a dominating forward pack to do well, Ennis MUST have a dominating forward pack to do something, and still thats not much.

"He’s a big-match player. He’s proven that in the past.

Bigger rubbish, where was he last finals series when Kimmorley was injured.

In fact if you look at his winning record in finals, and the forward packs he has had, its not great.

09: 1-1 (Bulldogs, defeated 7th placed Newcastle, lost to Parra)
08: 1-1 (Brisbane, defeated a declining Roosters side, lost to Melbourne in Brisbane)
07: 0-1 (Brisbane, lost to 1st placed Melbourne).
06: ACL Injury
05: 1-1 (St George, defeated 7th place Cronulla, lost to us).

All those wins came against lower top 8 sides though.

forward pack dominance will have alot to do with how each hooker performs on fri night.
of course we would like to see Robbie get picked for rep teams, but also want him there for wests-tigers, during the rep season.
who ever keeps a lavel head on fri night will be more impressive.

I still reckon Robbie played injured in SOO 2 last year.

As for Game 3, it was a DEAD RUBBER. Qld drop intensity.

Remember the great Windies cricket sides of the 80s? The Aussies used to even beat them in dead rubbers.

Yeah I dunno, Ennis is a fine player, might be a bit of a twit at times but he is extremely competitive and a very good hooker. Farah is the more dangerous attacking player of the two, in fact Farah has him covered in most areas of the game but Ennis is far from rubbish.

@MGB:

Yeah I dunno, Ennis is a fine player, might be a bit of a twit at times but he is extremely competitive and a very good hooker. Farah is the more dangerous attacking player of the two, in fact Farah has him covered in most areas of the game but Ennis is far from rubbish.

What attributes does Ennis have that makes him a good hooker?

Watch the Souffs vs Dogs game from two weeks ago - Ennis did not make a dart from dummy half ONCE until the 65th minute, when the Bunnies forwards started to tire. His side was getting belted and all he could do was pick up the ball and pass it inside to one of his forwards who got smashed.

He is one dimensional, has no variety in his play, his kicking game is average at best (often has a brain explosion and goes for a stupid grubber on the 3rd that usually rolls over the dead ball line), he is quite a poor defender and most importantly, he is not capable of playing well unless his whole side is performing.

He is a myth.

@hybrid_tiger:

most importantly, he is not capable of playing well unless his whole side is performing.

He is a myth.

Most hookers are the same, Farah is the exception there occasionally.
Look at Issac Luke over the last three weeks, looks a world beater now.

@MGB:

@hybrid_tiger:

most importantly, he is not capable of playing well unless his whole side is performing.

He is a myth.

Most hookers are the same, Farah is the exception there occasionally.
Look at Issac Luke over the last three weeks, looks a world beater now.

The test of a good player comes in the face of adversity. Ennis has shown repeatedly that he doesn’t have the ability to influence a game unless everything is going his way.

Farah has shined behind a struggling forward pack and carried us for the past three or four years. Ennis isn’t capable of that as he isn’t a good enough or smart enough player.

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