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  • 30 Apr
    Test rookie Valentine Holmes has spearheaded the Kangaroos to a 26-6 win over New Zealand at nib Stadium.Holmes was brilliant on Saturday in his international debut, scoring one try and setting up another in the first rugby league Test in Perth.The Cronulla winger was one of Australias best before a record crowd of 20,283, alongside his centre Greg Inglis who scored two tries.Matt Gillett was great in the middle for the home side, while Martin Taupau was the Kiwis best in a gutsy, yet clumsy effort.Australia enjoyed the early ascendancy to lead 8-0 after 15 minutes. Fullback Darius Boyd waltzed past Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the ninth minute after the Kangaroos had worked a set move.Inglis added to that six minutes later when he collected a Holmes kick that deflected off Jordan Kahus head and Australia led 8-0.But the Kiwis fought back well and enjoyed the better of momentum in the second 20 minutes.Taupau brought plenty of impact off the bench and, when Kevin Proctor broke Johnathan Thurstons tackle close to the line off a Shaun Johnson pass, the visitors trailed by only two points.From there, defence dominated the game for the Australians to take an 8-6 lead into halftime.Holmes crossed in the 44th minute when Kenny-Dowall spilt the Steeden and Australia counter-attacked brilliantly.Holmes still had plenty to do after receiving the last pass from Inglis, but beat three Kiwi defenders to ground the ball and, with Thurstons sideline conversion, the home side led 14-6.New Zealand managed to stay with Australia through the middle of the second stanza, but poor last-tackle options consistently hurt them.Inglis second try, when he chased down a Cameron Smith kick, pushed the Kangaroos out to a 20-6 lead with 12 minutes remaining.Boyd Cordners try with two minutes left sealed the home sides win. 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That seems like an ultra-long shot for a team that has lost six in a row and already secured its ninth consecutive non-winning season.Its definitely frustrating because you always think year after year that this could be the year to turn things around, and when things dont go the way you expect, its so easy to get down, said veteran defensive end Tyson Alualu, one of three guys who have been on Jacksonvilles roster for six seasons. This is by far the most talented team Ive been a part of. We know thats not the issue.That just shows that this is a team that could be a contender in this league and we just have to find answers to how we need to finish games and win games.Only four others have lost as consistently often as the Jaguars. Tampa Bay had 12 consecutive seasons (1983-94) with double-digits losses. Detroit (2001-06), Oakland (2003-09) and Cleveland (2008-13) werent nearly as inept as the Buccaneers, but they still managed to post at least six straight seasons with 10 or more losses.The Jaguars seem like a lock to join the exclusive -- and depressive -- club. After all, they are winless in four games at EverBank Field this year and havent beaten a team thats finished with a winning record since 2012.Jacksonville seemingly will catch a break with Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian sidelined because of a sprained left foot, leaving rookie Paxton Lynch to make his second career start and first on the road.Denver needs a victory to keep pace in the crowded AFC playoff picture. Coach Gary Kubiaks team has dropped four of its last seven games, including two of three on the road. The Broncos trail Oakland and Kansas City in the AFC West.I dont pay attention to that stuff, star linebacker Von Miller said. We just are trying to put our best football out there. That is all we can do. We still have five weeks left. It is a long way. Taking it one game at a time, playing as good as we possibly can and whatever happens, happens.The Jaguars, meanwhile, continue to play hard despite mounting losses and speculation about coach Gus Bradleys job security. Players, though, seem to realize theyre playing out the string down the stretch.ddddddddddddEvery time you come to work, its like a job interview because these coaches go other places, Alualu said. This league is all about what have you done for me lately, so its about producing on the field and making plays if you want to stick around.Here are some other things to know about the Broncos and Jaguars:GROUNDED GROUND GAME: The Broncos struggling ground game took another huge hit when battering ram rookie fullback Andy Janovich underwent season-ending surgery on his left ankle Tuesday. When healthy, Janovich added toughness to the group thats been missing since C.J. Andersons knee surgery in October. The Broncos likely will play more two-tight end sets now with A.J. Derby and Virgil Green.PLUCKING BRONCOS: The Jaguars have signed a free agent from Denver in each of the last three seasons, and only defensive tackle Malik Jackson has panned out . Jacksonville signed guard Zane Beadles to a five-year, $30 million contract in 2014 that included $12.5 million guaranteed. Beadles struggled and was cut after two seasons. Jacksonville gave tight end Julius Thomas a five-year, $46 million deal last year that included $24 million guaranteed. Thomas missed four games in 2015 because of a broken bone in his hand and two more this year because of elbow and back injuries.BRONCOS INFIGHTING: Kubiak insists the incident was an emotional, heat-of-the-moment thing, but Aqib Talibs shove of Jordan Norwood after the returners second muffed punt last weekend might foretell fractures in the locker room. Denvers dazzling defense has carried an inept offense and inconsistent special teams all season, just like last year. Talib said he apologized and Norwood said he accepted. The Broncos own the best pass defense in the league and are fourth in total defense, but their offense is 19th because their O-line cant protect the passer or bore holes for running backs.DEPLETED BACKFIELD: The Jaguars would like to keep the ball on the ground against Denver, which ranks 27th against the run. But running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) wont play and backup T.J. Yeldon is still recovering from an ankle injury. So Jacksonville might have to count on seldom-used reserve Denard Robinson.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '