REAL TEST: Chelsea Baker prepares for heavy contact during the women's Anzac Test in Canberra.
REAL TEST: Chelsea Baker prepares for heavy contact during the women's Anzac Test in Canberra. Contributed

Chelsea Baker has tough outing as Jillaroos fight off Ferns

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone's Chelsea Baker endured a rugged outing for the Australian Jillaroos in Canberra on Friday night during their 16-4 win over the Kiwi Ferns in the women's Anzac Test.

Playing on the right wing, as opposed to the left wing where she scored four tries in three games during the Auckland Nines, Baker copped some heavy treatment over the course of 80 minutes.

Baker was crunched in a two-woman tackle in the 23rd minute (pictured above), taking a hit straight to the midriff as she was thumped on her back inside the in-goal area, forcing the Jillaroos into a line drop-out.

To her credit though, the Gladstone Wallabys captain recovered from the hit straight away and rose to her feet to defend the Australian line again.

However, more traffic came her way in the ensuing set as opposite number Atawhai Tupaea latched on to the end of a Ferns pass, catching the Aussies short of numbers on the flank and scoring in Baker's corner of the field.

Leading 12-4 at half-time, largely thanks to two Ferns' errors which led directly to tries, the Jillaroos took their lead out to 12 points in the 51st minute after back-rower Renae Kunst stormed over for a try.

The Aussie girls had to staunchly defend their line during the final quarter of the game as the Ferns kept pressing, but their defence held firm as they notched a deserved victory at GIO Stadium.

Baker finished the match with five runs for 22 metres, six tackles and three missed tackles in what was a relatively quiet night compared to past performances in the green and gold for the mother of two.

Fellow Gladstone product Kody House was named in Jillaroos' initial squad but didn't make the final 17.



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