Today in sports history: May 17 - NZ Cavaliers level test series against Springboks

Dave Loveridge in action for the Cavaliers tour of South Africa 1986.
Dave Loveridge in action for the Cavaliers tour of South Africa 1986. Photo credit: Photosport

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out most live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favourite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on May 17.

1986

The rebel New Zealand Cavaliers levelled their series with the Springboks after winning the second test at Kings Park in Durban.

Grant Fox kicked three penalties and a conversion in their 19-18 win in Durban.

Grant Fox.
Grant Fox. Photo credit: Photosport

South Africa would go on to win the series 3-1.

1992

The New South Wales Rugby League announced an Auckland side will be entered into the New South Wales Rugby League competition, the Winfield Cup, in 1995.

The team would later be named the Warriors. 

Later in the year, it was announced a North Queensland based team would also enter the competition. Bids from Wellington and Melbourne were rejected.

2006

Two second half goals saw Barcelone beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Champions League final at the Stade de France. 

Arsenal keeper Jens Leenham was sent off early in the first half with the Gunners leading 1-0 at the break. 

Jens Leenham sees red in the Champions League final.
Jens Leenham sees red in the Champions League final. Photo credit: Reuters

But goals from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti saw the Spaniard crowned European champions for the first time in 14 years. 

2014

The Sharks claimed their first ever win over the Crusaders in Christchurch with a 30-25 win at AMI Stadium. 

The Durban-based side played most of the game with 14 men after Jean Deysel stomped on Jordan Taufua's head. 

The Sharks celebrate their win over the Crusaders in 2014.
The Sharks celebrate their win over the Crusaders in 2014. Photo credit: Photosport

The Sharks were also the first South African side to beat the Crusaders in New Zealand since 2001.

2015

The All Blacks Sevens beat South Africa 26-14 in the plate final in the final tournament of the season in London. 

Rieko Ioane finished equal top try scorer of the tournament with seven, as New Zealand finished third in the overall standings. 

Rieko Ioane.
Rieko Ioane. Photo credit: Photosport

Birthdays 

1982 - Former San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker 

1988 - All Blacks Sevens captain Scott Curry 

1989 - Former NRL player  Mose Masoe

1990 - Former NZ Warriors prop Charlie Gubb

Newshub sport's top story 12 months ago… 

Live updates: NZ Warriors v Penrith Panthers

Stick a fork in Penrith, they're done.

The Panthers' disastrous season is all but over in May after producing another limp display in their 30-10 defeat to the Warriors.

Their sixth straight loss leaves the embattled club in their worst stretch of form since dropping nine in a row between 2001-02.

No NRL side has made the finals after opening the season 2-8.

It was a comprehensive display from a Warriors side that were dangerous for most of Friday night behind a reborn Kodi Nikorima and Issac Luke.

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