Gladstone’s Baker back in big way
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone’s Chelsea Baker played a pivotal role in the CQ Capras’ first win of the pre-season campaign against Gold Stars in Rockhampton on Saturday.
Capras won 18-16 and captain Baker was delighted with the win, which will instil a lot of confidence with the season proper in just 13 days.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” she said.
“They really stepped up, some of our younger girls did a really good job.
“It’s one loss (Souths Logan Magpies) and one win, so we can take a lot from that.”
In a game that was hard to fault, Baker said some minor defensive issues needed addressing.
“The game actually came down to us having a pretty good scrambled defence and having good trust in each other,” she said.
The skipper said Elle Stitt played a great game.
“I threw her a couple of dodge balls but she managed to hold on to them really well – she made a lot of metres,” Baker said. “She did a mountain of tackling, so I was really proud of her.”
Capras had the pistons pumping early with Keysha Baker wasting no time finding the line on the five-minute mark and the score was completed.
Shortly after, Capras capitalised on a dropped Gold Stars catch just metres from the try line as Bree Spreadborough cleaned up the crumbs, navigating a fractured defensive line to try.
CQ were looking to head into the sheds 10-point leaders before karma struck in the final minutes.
In an almost mirror of the previous try, NQ’s Jasmine Peters took the scraps of a dropped kick and turned it into four points.
Both sides put up their walls for the remainder of the third and much of the fourth until Baker centred a try against the NQ’s fortress with nine minutes left and Kailah Rogers put the CQ team ahead.