|History of Newport RFC|
Irish Rovers,   10 November 1881
Newport won by 1 goal and 1 try to nil against their 'Irish' visitors in a game played over 35 minutes.
* There was no points system in place prior to 1890-91. Instead, a game was determined by the number of goals scored (conversions, dropped goals, and later, penalties). If a try was scored, an opportunity to convert the try into a goal was given. If the goal was kicked successfully, the try no longer counted.