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
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.”