Chelsea Baker
Chelsea Baker Contributed

Jillaroos to test Kiwis in a chilly Friday night

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone's Chelsea Baker said the Australian Jillaroos are geared for a baptism of fire from the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns in Friday Anzac Test Match in Canberra at 5.25pm.

Baker, who scorched the Kiwis on their home patch in the Auckland Nines with a Player of the Series performance earlier this year, said it will be a different kettle of fish in two night's time.

Jillaroos in training:

"We can expect a very physical game from the Ferns and as we know they will be out for redemption after the Auckland Nines, but I have full faith in our team to match them," Baker said.

She will be joined by former Gladstone player Kody House, who is now living in Brisbane.

"Everyone has come into camp fit and ready to play," Baker said during a break from training after the players arrived to the Australian capital on Monday.

The temperature is expected to go to under 10 degrees once the sun sets on Friday and Baker said the Jillaroos have already warmed to the task at hand at training yesterday.

"The weather actually isn't too bad and we had a big day of training and while it was cold, when the boots went in, not one person complained," Baker said.

Other than it being New Zealand as the opponent - and we all love to beat that country in whatever sport - Baker said there was another motivating factor.

"Obviously, the impending retirement of Steph Hancock was a shock for us, but at the same time, it's more motivation to be able to send her out on a high," Baker said.

While the World Cup is not until December 2, those who will perform under the pressure of a Test Match, will have their names in highlight pen and have the chance to defend this prize they won back in 2013.

"At this stage, we are keeping our minds off the World Cup and concentrating on the Anzac Test and playing that well," Baker said.

Australian Jillaroos coach Brad Donald told the Courier Mail that he's confident with the preparations of those who live in 'remote' towns.

It's the professionalism of Baker and others, who live in the smaller towns, which has Donald having full faith.

"We've tested our girls through strength and conditioning throughout the whole process," he said of the time between the Nines and this week's Test," Donald said.

"I'm extremely happy and proud of how they've been training and working while away.

"The motivation is really tough for some of them.

"They go home to Gladstone or Mackay or Bega and train by themselves.

"They have to find ways of motivating themselves."


Friday, 5.25pm

Jillaroos v Ferns

GIO Stadium, Canberra

TV: The match will be broadcast on the Nine network following the Kangaroos v Kiwis match

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