Baker at the double as Jillaroos pluck Canada Ravens
RUGBY LEAGUE: An 18-try blitz has helped the Jillaroos to record a crushing 88-0 win over Canada at the Women's Rugby League World Cup in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon.
The carnage at Cronulla's Shark Park began after only three minutes with the Jillaroos crossing the chalk nine times during the first half, with all of those four-pointers occurring on the right-hand side of the field.
Gladstone Wallabys' captain Chelsea Baker scored twice for Australia, in the 21st and 68th minute, with her second try a long-range effort against a tiring Ravens' defence.
Baker started on the right wing as she did on Sunday during the Jillaroos' 38-0 win over England.
The Jillaroos opened their account through back-rower Vanessa Foliaki, who crossed out wide on Baker's side of the field.
Australia doubled its advantage when Baker's right-edge teammate Zahara Temara took the score to 8-0 in the 10th minute.
Baker had her first involvement in the 14th minute when she calmly collected a towering Canadian kick under pressure.
Baker's second touch of the game resulted in a try to the Wallabys' captain, who did well to latch onto an offload from Temara to stroll over the line and plant the ball down with ease after 21 minutes.
Further Jillaroos' tries in the 25th, 26th, 30th, 33rd and 38th minutes took the score to 44-0 at half-time.
The 31-year-old became more involved in the second half with a number of solid runs putting the Jillaroos on the front foot.
Baker scored her second try 12 minutes before full-time with a classy run from inside her own half.
Looking for work in the middle, Baker ran from her own 40-metre line before slicing through some feeble Ravens' defence and brushing off the opposition fullback to complete a 60-metre effort.
Australia will play Canada again in the semi-final on Sunday at 3pm (AEST).
Jillaroos 88 (Vanessa Foliaki 3, Zahara Temara 3, Elianna Walton 3, Karina Brown 3, Corban McGregor 2, Chelsea Baker 2, Maddie Studdon tries; Studdon 8 goals) def. Canada Ravens 0 at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney. Half-time: 44-0 Jillaroos.