Brydie Parker, Bobbi Law, and Caitlan Johnston all played pivotal starting roles in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, as the Hunter trio and the rest of the stars in green and gold battled to a 22-14 comeback against Fiji in Suva.
Patricia Raikadroka shone brightest at the ANZ National Stadium last weekend, crossing three times for a hat-trick and twelve of the 22 points for the Aussies.
Parker made her green and gold debut with 61 minutes on the park, while Johnston put in an early shift in the starting lock role to earn herself a handful of tackle breaks and set the tone for the victorious Australians early.
It was Law that had the biggest contribution, however, playing in her preferred centre role alongside fellow debutant Tess Staines. The Port Stephens back laid out a try assist in her 57 minutes, and racked up a massive 23 post-contact metres.
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The young trio’s eight-point victory comes a week before the Jillaroos march out onto WIN Stadium to play out their own international battle against the Ferns.
CRL Newcastle superstars Isabelle Kelly, Hannah Southwell, and Holli Wheeler will represent the Hunter region in the top-class Australia vs New Zealand battle in the south, just weeks after wrapping up their second NRLW campaigns.
The Jillaroos will face arch-rivals the Ferns in Wollongong on October 25.
Kelly and Southwell also have other international responsibilities on the horizon – they will play in the Australian squad named for the World Cup 9s in Sydney on October 18 and 19, where they will face England, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.
The entirety of that competition will be played out at Bankwest Stadium alongside the men’s competition, which boasts 11 teams from across Europe and the Pacific.