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Ennis credits Moore for Origin selection

By Samantha Broun 02/05/2009 12:47:04 PM Comments (0)

Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis has credited rookie coach Kevin Moore for taking him to the fringe of State of Origin selection.

Ennis will go up against Robbie Farrah in the Bulldogs' NRL clash against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday in the first of two battles to determine who wears the NSW No.9 jersey.

The two star rakes are likely to come face to face again in the City v County clash in Orange next Friday, May 8 - prior to the Origin opener in Melbourne on June 3.

Ennis' move from Brisbane to the Bulldogs has seen him flourish as a player under the guidance and leadership of Moore.

"I've got a really good relationship with Kev, he's a really good guy, and he's very smart with his footy stuff," Ennis said.

"Kevvy's been really good for my game, you know, he's intense when he needs to be and pretty relaxed most of the week, so it keeps us guys pretty relaxed and pretty confident too.

"I don't think I could ask for much more, we're up towards the top of the ladder and a lot of the boys are in form so it's a very nice place to be around.

"It's a wonderful club and I'm really enjoying my time there at the moment."

After a nervous wait, Ennis was found not guilty of a chicken-wing tackle on Canberra's Josh Duggan at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday.

His reprieve boosts the Bulldogs' hopes of winning five-successive matches, a feat they have not been achieved since 2006.

But the former Brisbane star maintains Sunday's clash with the Tigers is not about a personal battle with Farrah.

"It's just another week of footy really, there's another four to go before the (representative) season starts," Ennis said.

"It's important that I just prepare week by week, the way I have been and try to continue my form over the next month of footy, and that's all I can do, I can't do anything more than that.

"I'm just very excited to be included in the (NSW) squad and it gives you a little more motivation to continue to keep working hard and to me it's (Origin's) a new beginning.

"As long as I'm working hard and the `Dogs are playing well things are going ok, you're always going to be a chance (for selection)."

The past eight matches between the two sides have been split four each. The Tigers won the most recent clash at ANZ Stadium by a record-equalling 56-4 in round 21 last year.

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