Ennis gets one hand on the blue jumper
The Bulldogs Michael Ennis looks to have moved himself into inside lane amongst the contenders for the NSW hooking position with another dominant game against the Eels on Sunday.
Currently it looks hard to see the selectors opting anyone bar Ennis as he represents the form player of one of the form sides and looks the obvious choice to replace Danny Buderus as the Blues hooker.
Ennis has a lot in his favour, he is tough, sharp out of dummy half, a good defender and has a good kicking game from dummy half.
His play is also fairly simple which would work well in a representative environment with limited preparation and he is an 80 minute player.
The former Bronco has been the best of the Bulldogs buys and has been in the middle of everything they have done well this season.
His main rival is the Tigers Robbie Farah, surely the rumours of Kurt Gidley at hooker have been plucked from the realms of fantasy. Farah is unfortunate in that just as his time looked to have come with the departure of Buderus to the UK, his form has somewhat slipped.
When the Tigers have looked good he has been in everything, but that has been a little thin on the ground on so far this season.
However, if the “Flying Falafel” is looking for an opportunity to stake his claim, what better opportunity than tonight against the Storm at Leichardt.
Lining up against Cameron Smith is the perfect audition for an aspiring hooker and toss in Queensland stars Greg Inglis, Dallas Johnson and Billy Slater and it is probably a more genuine Origin trial than City v Country.
A good performance might see him back in the frame, a poor one and the jersey looks to have slipped from his grasp.
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