Chelsea Baker scored two tries in a best afield display.
Chelsea Baker scored two tries in a best afield display. Dave Hunt GLA030918CHELS

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RUGBY LEAGUE: It could not have been a better start for Gladstone's Chelsea Baker.

The World Cup championship-winning Jillaroo produced a Pathway Homes Player-of-the-Match performance for the Brisbane Broncos in its NRLW trial match against PNG Orchids at Suncorp Stadium.

THUMBS UP: Gladstone's Chelsea Baker played a sparkling game in the trial match against PNG Orchids.
THUMBS UP: Gladstone's Chelsea Baker played a sparkling game in the trial match against PNG Orchids. Contributed GLA030918BAKER

Full-back Baker scored two tries in her team's 48-14 win as the Broncos now prepare for the inaugural NRLW season proper which starts on Sunday with a home game against Illawarra Dragons.

The second of Baker's tries was off a scorching 65-metre run after she had received a slick off-load from Steph Hancock.

"The feeling's really good and obviously coming away with the win and it's something that we were hoping and we've been training really well," she said.

"We had those few handling errors throughout the game, which was to be expected and a lot of us haven't played together before, but the generally feeling is really good."

Baker was pleased with her first-up performance in her new team colours and lauded her new teammates in keeping possession of the ball.

The full-back said she was fortunate that she was not tackled on her way to try number two.

"One part of my game that I have been really trying to work on at full-back is pushing more around the ruck and not waiting for the next play out wide sort of thing," she said.

"My main goal for the game was to push up around the ruck and Steph (Hancock) happened to make a break and she's great for an offload.

"I bid my time, got the ball and somehow managed to breeze through a few Papua New Guinea girls and a few of them had their hands on me."

She plans to wear the number one jersey as the Broncos' first-choice full-back though she said it's never a given.

"You just have to go out there and train hard each week and aim for that spot," Baker said.

The mother of two said it's likely she and Meg Ward would take on the goal-kicking duties.

Baker is renowned for kicking conversions from acute angles.

"We just sort of took on that ownership ourselves and I think that our coaching staff are happy for it," she said.

For what is essentially a newly-assembled team, Baker said the combination with the spine worked well and will only get better.

"Obviously myself, Brittany (Breayley), and Ali (Brigginshaw) have all played together before," she said.

"But then to throw in Kimiora Nati in there as number six as well, oh my gosh, it's like that we've all been playing before.

"The halves girls just read off each other so well without contradicting each other and it's a really good pairing."



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