Chelsea Baker of Australia in action during the Women's Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and Canada at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Chelsea Baker of Australia in action during the Women's Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and Canada at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY CRAIG GOLDING

WATCH: It's just a matter of sticking to the plan

RUGBY LEAGUE: A childhood dream could be fulfilled.

All boxes ticked.

And Gladstone's Chelsea Baker could be an Australian Jillaroos' world champion later tomorrow.

 

Chelsea Baker
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But first, her team will need to beat arch-enemy New Zealand Kiwi Ferns in the Women's Rugby League World Cup final from 3.15pm at Brisbane Stadium.

Baker returns to the line-up after she was rested from the Aussie's 58-6 semi-final win over Canada.

"The coach (Brad Donald) talked to all of us before the semi-finals and explained the plan, so mine was to rest so that I'm fit and ready for the grand final," she said.

The Ferns will offer much more stern resistance than what Cook Islands, England and Canada, times two, have thrown at the Jillaroos.

"Whatever game-plan that is, we just have to make sure that we stick to it and have faith in every decision that he makes," Baker said with regard to the strategy planned against New Zealand.

"It's going to be a tough game and it's going to be like no game that we have played so far in the World Cup.

"They are by far going to be the hardest opposition and as I said Brad and his assistants will have their strategies and we will stick by that."

The Jillaroos have scored a collective 184 points and have conceded just four points in the minor-round matches while the Kiwis have 164:4 points for and against ratio across the same stretch of matches.

Despite the lop-sided score-lines, Baker said no games have been easy.

"All our games have been hard and hard-hitting," she said.

Expect no less tomorrow afternoon.



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