'Selfie' try celebration a one-off: Ennis
Michael Ennis has brought back memories of some of the great post-try celebrations with his version of the 'Selfie' during the first half of Cronulla's gripping 19-18 golden-point win over the Warriors on Saturday night.
Trailing 10-0, Ennis dummied to his support on the right before doing a 360 to spin his way past the over-eager defence to score next to the posts.
Instead of high-fiving his teammates in the huddle, Ennis picked up the Steeden, ran over to the fans and took an imaginary photograph using the ball as the camera.
The popular Sharks hooker said he and his daughter Koby-Fox had been planning something funny for his next try and thought Saturday night's match would be the perfect time to put it on show.
"I don't get too many so I've got to enjoy them," Ennis told NRL.com after the game on Saturday night.
"I normally get the fall over tries from one or two metres out and everyone piles on. I said if I ever get a clean run to the line, I'll come up with something. It was a bit average, but it was enjoyable."
Ennis credited former Dragons, Eels and Roosters hooker Mark Riddell for inspiration after the charismatic dummy-half celebrated a try for the Red V in 2002 by leaping over a fence at WIN Stadium and enjoying his effort with a few hearty souls in the crowd.
Post-try celebrations were hugely popular in the 1990s and early 2000s but have been scant in recent years; possibly after Bryan Fletcher's infamous grenade in State of Origin 16 years ago.
Nathan Blacklock had his flips, Jarryd Hayne the 'Plane' and Greg Inglis the 'Goanna', but don't expect the 'Selfie' to become a regular thing.
"I always enjoyed seeing other guys doing it when they were more popular many years ago," Ennis continued.
"I remember Mark Riddell doing something similar many years ago and I enjoyed it, so I thought I'd come up with something original.
"That's me done, though. I think I've had my fun."
Sharks captain Paul Gallen could barely keep a straight face when talking about the incident in the post-match media conference, confirming he wouldn't be taking any post-try celebration advice from Ennis in the near future.
"I couldn't believe he did that because he's the most reserved bloke I've ever met in my life," Gallen said.
"He's flat out swearing and he did that when we were down so I couldn't believe it."
Despite his captain's jibe, Ennis said he has no regrets for what he did, especially because it brought a smile to thousands of faces at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
"The game's too serious sometimes so you need to have a bit of fun when you can," he said.
"When you get close to 14,000 people here in six degree weather, why not have a bit of fun with them? They've been awesome to me since I've come here."