Other Sports NRL: Cameron Smith not distracted by Michael Ennis

Cameron Smith will not let any shenanigans from Michael Ennis distract him when Melbourne Storm meet Cronulla Sharks in Sunday's NRL Grand Final.

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Any wind-up tactics from Cronulla Sharks' Michael Ennis will not affect the focus of Cameron Smith in the NRL Grand Final on Sunday.

Melbourne Storm travel to ANZ Stadium as minor premiers and seeking a first title since their victory over Canterbury Bulldogs in 2012.

Smith and Ennis have experienced several run-ins in the past, with Ennis - then at the Bulldogs - patronisingly patting Smith on the head after the Storm man had dropped the ball during an elimination final two years ago.

Ennis will retire after Sunday's showdown but Smith is not concerned by any underhand actions from his old foe.

Smith said in Friday's media conference: "I try and keep my calm. He might try and do it again on Sunday, I'm not too sure.

"My focus is on my team and my team-mates and my role in the side and doing the best for our team.

"I'm sure Mick's the same. We play the same position ... we'll cross paths for sure.

"That's just Mickey. I actually get on with him quite well off the footy field. That's part of the role that he plays in the teams that he plays for. I've played many games against Mick. He's a competitor. He tries to do the best for his team and that's to win."

Meanwhile, Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan spoke of his admiration for the job opposite number and former mentor Craig Bellamy has done at the Storm.

"For me they've probably, since Cooper [Cronk] and Cameron and Billy [Slater] started their career down there, been the most consistent team," Flanagan said.

"They've had some competitions [2007 and 2009] taken off them [for salary cap breaches] but we all know that doesn't take away from the football team that they put out on the park. They have been the most consistent team for 10 years.

"So we do admire them as a club and look at them as a benchmark club but come Sunday we'll be taking the gloves off, that's for sure."

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