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I'm no diver: Broncos' Ennis to Bellamy

By Wayne Heming 10/04/2008 04:42:14 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane hooker Michael Ennis has offered to sit down with Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy and review video footage of the tackle in which he's been accused of faking injury.

"The wink and smile from Ennis as he stayed on the ground (after winger Adam Blair's chicken wing tackle) gave his act away," wrote Bellamy in his newspaper column on Thursday.

A disappointed Ennis declared he was no "diver" when informed of Bellamy's words at training.

"I didn't take a dive," he told AAP.

"If I had the chance to sit down with Craig I would run him point by point over the pain I felt and the awkward position I was put in.

"I've had a shoulder sublux (subluxation or partial dislocation) before and it was certainly only moments away from that.

"I could feel it rolling forward, it wasn't comfortable, that's for sure."

Facing repeated controversy over Melbourne's tackling tactics, Bellamy slammed his former boss Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett, writing that the Broncos should practice what they preached.

Melbourne believe Ennis milked a penalty and Bellamy recalled in his column how Bennett "crucified" Parramatta winger Jarryd Hayne last year claiming he'd taken a "dive" against the Broncos.

Bellamy, set to make his Origin debut as coach of a desperate NSW team out to avoid a third straight series loss, didn't stop there.

He gave Queensland Rugby League boss Ross Livermore a spray for calling on NSW officials to stop him bringing Storm's defensive coach into the Blues' camp.

"Imagine if his counterpart, Geoff Carr, told (Queensland coach) Mal Meninga who he couldn't have on his coaching staff.

"I'm sure Ross you'd know what Mal's response would be and my response would be the same," said Bellamy.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett offered a "no comment" when asked about Bellamy's column.

But chief executive Bruno Cullen said Bellamy could have been trying to take some pressure off his team after coming under heavy scrutiny over the "chicken wing" tackle controversy.

"What better way to take the pressure off than to get on the front foot and attack," said Cullen.

Cullen refuted Bellamy's claim that martial arts expert Chris Haseman was the Broncos' wrestling coach.

"Chris is (performance director) Jeremy Hickmans' offsider, not our wrestling coach," said Cullen.

"We all practice ways, and I'm not talking wrestling, ways of being dominant on the ground.

"I don't think Craig's comments were about wrestling.

"I think they were more about chicken wings, or chicken legs, prowlers, crushers or grapples not whether you have a wrestling coach, but more about what you're being taught."

Cullen meanwhile said Bellamy's stinging attack would have no influence on the club's search for a new coach to replace Bennett who leaves after this season - a position Bellamy is hot favourite to fill from 2010.

"This game is bigger than what anyone does on the footy field or says off it, it's all just part of game we're in," he said.

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