Michael Ennis: Top Five Grubbiest Plays

Everyone knows Michael Ennis is one of the biggest grubs in the game. Here's five of his best 'grub' plays.

Mon, 19 Sep, 10:22 AM
Michael Ennis is a serial pest, no doubt about it. The Sharks hooker is retiring at the end of this season, having made over 250 NRL appearances for five different clubs, but his competitive nature has always divided opinions among fans.

Ennis the Menace played eight State of Origin matches for the NSW Blues but his finest achievement was winning the Rugby League Week Players' Poll for 'biggest grub' across two consecutive years from 2010 to 2011.

The 32-year old has certainly made a career of niggling opponents. Let's look back at his top five grubbiest moments.

Sandow fight, Round 21 (2009)
Ennis tried to close down former Rabbitohs halfback, Chris Sandow on the fifth tackle, before mocking the little Souths player and pushing him in the head when he saw the kick going out on the full.

Of course Sandow was never going to take that lying down and let loose with a flurry of rights and lefts. Speaking afterwards about the incident, Ennis said, "I thought that was disappointing, those things just happen on the field."

Seriously, pick on someone bigger mate.

Hindmarsh sinbinning, Round 6 (2011)
Who can forget Ennis' run in with Parramatta great, Nathan Hindmarsh in 2011. The former Eels captain was always pretty cool, calm and collected out on the paddock so it speaks volumes that Ennis got him to turn around after a play-the-ball, run out of the line and throw the first punch.

"He's just a grub,'' Hindmarsh said after the game. "He got under my skin and I retaliated... He's a niggler and he got under my skin. He's good at what he does, put it that way... I've been niggled by better."

Unsurprisingly, both players got 10 minutes in the bin for their efforts.

Smith head pat, Finals Week 1 (2014)
The Bulldogs beat the Storm 28-4 in Week 1 of the 2014 finals, but Ennis dominated the post-match headlines. At a vital period in the first half, Australian captain, Cameron Smith came up with an uncharacteristic error when he threw a costly pass resulting in a knock on.

So what does Ennis do? He decides to rub it in, literally, with cameras showing him continually patting the Melbourne hooker on the head after the mistake had been made.

Talk about a lack of respect.

Cronk face-palm, Round 23 (2015)
I love nothing more than seeing a big 'don't argue' when watching the footy. Sadly Ennis' face-palm of Storm halfback, Cooper Cronk in 2015 was anything but and confirmed his status as a certified grub.

After putting pressure on the kick, Ennis slapped the Melbourne star straight on the nose before trying to run away, only for Melbourne captain, Cameron Smith to grab him and let him know that's not on.

It's no wonder they call him king of the niggle

Raiders viking clap, Finals Week 1 (2016)
Fresh in our memories is Cronulla's gutsy 16-14 win over Canberra at GIO Stadium last weekend. After the final siren, Ennis went over to the Raiders faithful and performed a Viking clap - slapping his hands high above his head - to mock them.

Canberra supporters have adopted the celebration this season after gaining inspiration from Iceland's soccer fans, so the Sharks hooker was clearly winding up the home support.

Despite claiming it was 'lighthearted fun', both Peter Sterling and Ricky Stuart have since called him out for it. An absolute dick move by Ennis.

Written by Tim Alexander

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