This game was reported, including a protest by Cardiff on local residency of players, in the Monmouthshire Merlin of 24th February 1882 as follows:-
"FOOTBALL.- Cardiff v. Newport - The third cup tie between Cardiff and Newport was played on the ground of the latter on Saturday. As is the rule when these teams meet, considerable interest was taken in the event, and between three and four thousand spectators assembled on the field, of whom about 500 came from Cardiff by special train. The day was not favourable to good play, owing to the rain and prevailing winds. Play commenced by Girling kicking off against the wind for Cardiff, and for some time the teams appeared to be well matched, the ball being carried alternately into Cardiff and Newport territory. Ultimately, however, the superiority of the Newport fifteen, who played a remarkably fast game, made itself felt. Newport scored four goals, one try, and three touches down in self defence, and Cardiff one goal only. The following are the names of the teams: - Cardiff: T. M. Barlow, back; W. B. Phillips and W. B. Norton, three-quarter backs; P. K. Heard, T. Williams, and F. M. Arthur, half-backs; B. E. Girling (captain), J. A. Jones, W. P. Phillips, J. Hinton, J. F. Grimes, A. J. Evans, J. Simpson, W. H. Treatt, and E. Laybourne, forwards. Newport: F. Phillips, back; Tanner and J. Bridie, three-quarter backs; G. F. Harding, half-back; C. H. Newman and B. Newman, quarter-backs; W. Phillips, Clapp, T. Harding, Lyne, R. Gould, T. B. Jones, L. Williams, H. McDaniell and W. H. Lewis, forwards. Umpires:- Cardiff: A. Duncan. Newport: G. Trew. Referee: F. W. Evans, Rhymney. Before the commencement of the game Cardiff entered a protest against Clapp and Bridie as residing outside the twelve mile radius of Newport."