New Zealand Ferns captain Abby Erceg (left) and Australia Jillaroos counterpart Ruan Sims ahead of tonight's Anzac Cup clash in Canberra.
New Zealand Ferns captain Abby Erceg (left) and Australia Jillaroos counterpart Ruan Sims ahead of tonight's Anzac Cup clash in Canberra.

Skipper says Jillaroos approaching Test as final hurrah

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Jillaroos will play Friday night's Anzac Test match as if it's their last with the future of the fixture unsure from next year.

Captain Ruan Sims said because the representative schedule from 2018 was still to be decided, the players were treating it as the Anzac Test's last hurrah, so fans can expect them to leave nothing in the tank.

"It's going to be a very evenly matched game and anyone who comes to watch they're just going to be blown away," Sims said.

 

It's going to be a tough and torrid affair and we want to come away with that Anzac Cup because it may be the last time we play for it.

 

"Every single player is taking the opportunity as though it's their last."

With the World Cup at the end of the year, it also shapes as a good chance to get a mental advantage over their Kiwi counterparts.

While the Aussies won the Auckland Nines this year, the Ferns took out the Anzac Cup last year with a solid 26-16 win in Newcastle last year.

"Just getting a decent game under our belts and then coming away with the win is a huge boost for us," Sims said.

"We had a good showing in Auckland but that is nines, it is a different format and 13-a-side, New Zealand had the wood on us last year so we're looking to recover that from the year before when we won up at Suncorp."

The Kiwi Ferns have six players on debut and a new coach, which means there's an unknown about them, but the Aussies are still expecting the same tough opposition they always come up against.

"I'm not expecting anything different to what they usually dish out which is big, running forwards and fast, skilful backs," Sims said.

"They seem to have the perfect combination over in New Zealand.

"They have a few new faces and coaching staff since the Nines so it will be interesting to see what they do.

"We're more interested in focusing on ourselves, doing our basics right and making sure we execute properly and work on our basics."

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