Thursday, 8th October 1931 saw The Times preview the game in comprehensive fashion:-
"THE SOUTH AFRICANS IN WALES"
"FROM OUR RUGBY FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT"
"The South Africans, having won their first match against a joint county fifteen at Bristol, where, in perfect conditions, they scored 14 points to 3, but, extraordinarily enough, no tries, will in the course of the next three days have their first experience of Welsh club Rugby as it is played in these days."
"Newport will be met this afternoon and Swansea on Saturday and, although there is not a great amount of optimism in the former town, the young side with apparently a strong pack of forwards at Swansea are not without hopes of sustaining the Welsh reputation for giving teams from the Dominions the fights of their lives. Needless to say, both the South Africans and their opponents measure their chances according to the state of the weather, the wet, as ever – though not as inflexibly as most people would contend – being taken to favour the Welshmen."
"The Newport side for this afternoon is known, but, the South Africans will not announce the composition of any of their teams until the morning of the match. It is no more than supposition, therefore, that the earlier failures of their pack at Bristol, where they were too often beaten for the ball – some of the Counties' hooking proved, however, to be rather expensive – and out-rushed in the loose, will lead to the trial of some other players. The ease with which the first South African pack, until at last their enormous advantage began to tell, had the ball swept through them in the loose, and the general slowness in going down to the ball, might well have cost their side the match on a wet day, when the wonderful fielding and kicking that beat back the West Countrymen would not have been accomplished so often, if at all. Nor was the play among most of the backs so fast and polished as every one had expected on a fine day and firm going. There is the likelihood that several changes will be made in the three-quarter line, more admittedly for the purpose of experiment than anything else. J. H. van der Westhuizen, who can play in various positions, may on this occasion take the place of F. Venter, in which case his first game will be on the left wing. Newport also may see the least-known man of all, J. White, a reserve centre and a runner with a beautiful action, who can if required fill the stand-off half-back or full-back positions. P. de Villiers too, may be rested at Newport and D. Craven, the young Stellenbosch player, given his chance to partner Osler. The last named appears to be such a master of the art of nursing his strength that we may well find him in action in nearly all the matches."
"The Newport team, though singularly unsuccessful in recent seasons, has a good number of first-class men at their disposal. Everson still is at full-back, a moderate three-quarter line has J. C. Morley to show them the way how to snatch chances if they cannot develop them, A. R. Ralph, who has not gone to Scotland after all, will be available at stand-off half, and it is something for a pack to have men like P. C. Hordern, the old Oxford Blue, and H. W. Peacock in the scrimmage. Nearly all of the other well-known Newport forwards appear to have dropped out this afternoon."
"It remains to be seen if Newport once more can rise to a great occasion and, as in 1912, become the first side to beat a South African team."