Ennis not getting personal


Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis says he won’t be drawn into personal battles in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final with Melbourne.

The 28-year-old hooker is famed for his confrontational playing style but admits that trying to intimidate the Storm’s key players won’t be in his gameplan.

“If you go into a game like this trying to win personal battles, you’re letting your team mates down,” Ellis told reporters this week.

The former Brisbane player missed out on the Broncos’ 2006 premiership triumph due to injury and says it is his dream to lead the Bulldogs to the same honour.

But at the same time he won’t be trying to target Melbourne’s most potent attacking threats.

“I’ve got a role to play within this side and I don’t think Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk or Billy Slater are blokes that can be nullified individually, they’ve got wonderful support around them,” added Ennis.

“People talk about the big three but there’s plenty of other guys in their side that are terrific players.

“They’re not guys that can be shut down individually, it will be a collective effort from the team.”