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Australian Jillaroos claim first series over Kiwi Ferns

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/02/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Chelsea Baker of the Australian Jillaroos makes a break on her way to score a try. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Chelsea Baker of the Australian Jillaroos makes a break on her way to score a try. Samantha Bremner believes the Australian Jillaroos have fired an early World Cup warning to rivals the Kiwi Ferns after claiming their first Auckland Nines series win on Sunday.

Bremner helped the Jillaroos to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series after scoring a try and saving another in the 8-0 victory at Eden Park.

The Ferns had won the first two series by 2-1 margins before Australia's breakthrough.

"I've been here since the first series three years ago now. It feels really good. We always go out there really hard then let them get under our skin," Bremner told AAP.

"But this is the most focused we've been in a long time. It's such a good feeling that our hard work is paying off.

"Although this was our main focus this weekend, ideally it was just going to be our first big stepping stone to winning the World Cup in 11 months time."

Chelsea Baker's quick feet got Australia on the board in the fourth minute, and then Bremner made it a two-try buffer when she won the race to a grubber two minutes later.

She then wowed the locals with a stunning individual effort to pull down a runaway Honey Hireme moments afterwards.

"I played with Honey since I first debuted in 2013 so I know exactly how she runs. She's a big fan of having a palm, especially to the face," Bremner said.

"Lucky enough for me I come up to about her belly button, so I just had to duck under that one and we've been doing a lot of tackling technique with our coaches."

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