Today in sports history: May 18 - NZ Warriors handed record defeat

The NZ Warriors after their loss to the Penrith Panthers in 2013.
The NZ Warriors after their loss to the Penrith Panthers in 2013. 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 18.


The United States defeat France 17-3 to win rugby gold at the Paris Olympics.

The match was overshadowed by French fans throwing bottles and rocks onto the field at American players and officials, as wild brawls broke out in the stands.

The medal ceremony took place under police protection.

Rugby would next return to the Olympics 92 years later, when sevens were introduced for the Rio Games in 2016.


Two of New Zealand's all-time rugby greats - Wilson Whineray and Colin Meads - made their All Black debuts in a 19-3 victory over New South Wales at the Sydney Sports Ground.

Sir Colin Meads runs with the ball.
Sir Colin Meads runs with the ball. Photo credit: Photosport

Both went on to captain the national side - Whineray played 32 games before retiring in 1965, while Meads made 55 appearances before stepping down in 1971.


The British & Irish Lions beat Wairarapa-Bush 41-13 in the opening match of their NZ rugby tour. 

The match was played in windy and icy conditions, and the referee admitted the game would've been cancelled, if so many spectators hadn't shown up.

Among the tourists was current World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont, who joined the squad as a replacement player and appeared in three tests. The Lions would finish with a 21-5 tour record, losing the test series 3-1.


American Harold Stilson, 101, becomes oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one, when he aces the 108-yard, par-three 16th hole at at Deerfield Country Club in Florida.

Stilson said it was his sixth hole-in-one, breaking a 16-year-old record set by a 99-year-old Otto Bucher of Switzerland. 

Five years ago, Gus Anderson, 103, took the record when he sunk his eighth hole-in-one.


Michael Schumacher takes the chequered flag in a drama-filled Formula One race at the Austrian Grand Prix.

In a rain-hit race, Schumacher started on pole position, but lost his lead during a pit-stop, when a faulty fuel nozzle caused a small fire, as they attempted to refuel his car.

But luck favoured Schumacher, when Kimi Raikkonen had engine trouble, while Juan Pablo Montoya retired with an engine failure, allowing the world champion to retake the lead and win the race.


The Warriors are hammered 62-6 by the Penrith Panthers, the biggest loss in the club's history.

Six of the Panthers' tries were scored by players previously contracted at the Warriors, with Isaac John scoring a hat-trick and Lewis Brown a pair, and Matt Robinson also crossing the line. 

Isaac John scored three tries in the win.
Isaac John scored three tries in the win. Photo credit: Photosport

The Warriors would finish the season with an 11-13 record, 11th out of 16 teams, but missing the top-eight playoffs by just two competition points.


1960 - Former Grand Slam tennis champion Yannick Noah

1970 - Former Wallabies rugby midfielder Tim Horan

1984 - French Indycar driver Simon Pagenaud

1990 - Kiwi freeskier Jossi Wells 

Jossi Wells.
Jossi Wells. Photo credit: Photosport

1995 - Former Kiwis NRL forward Corey Harawira-Naera

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Former Warriors prop Quentin Pongia dead, aged 48

Former Kiwis international Quentin Pongia has died aged 48.

New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Greg Peters announced the news on social media on Saturday.

Pongia had been battling cancer since 2018 and underwent major surgery in November to remove a tumour from his bowel.

Iconic New Zealand rugby league figure Sir Peter 'Mad Butcher' Leitch has paid tribute to the former Kiwi, saying he will be sorely missed.

"It's sad to see him go, but he's in a better place - he fought a tough battle to the bitter end," he said,

"[He was] an absolute legend of rugby league, he played the game full-on all the time. The same with his cancer, he was a wonderful man."

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