From the match programme:-
"Newport are subject to one of their sternest tests of the season when they entertain Neath at Rodney Parade this afternoon. The "All Blacks" arc ranked as the second best club side in Wales, and although they have suffered two consecutive defeats recently - at home to Newbridge, and at Llanelly - their record of 12 victories in 15 matches played is a strong indication of their prowess. (And in this connection it is, perhaps, strange to record that only one Neath player, the forward L. Anthony, was included in the Final Welsh Trial last Saturday)."
"To-day Newport will be on their mettle to avenge Neath's double success in last season's contests. The corresponding home game in 1946-7 was postponed through bad weather until the season's end, and having been defeated at Neath by 15 points to three, the "All Blacks" were again successful in the re-arranged game at Newport - narrowly winning this time by 12 points to 11."
"In regard to tickets for the Wales v. Australia International at Cardiff next Saturday, the small allocation of stand and enclosure tickets has been balloted, and unsuccessful members can each secure one field ticket on application at the Bowls Pavilion following to-day's game. Membership card must be produced. Later it is hoped to make a similar allocation to lady ticket and season ticket holders, and finally the balance will be offered to the public on a date to be announced. Please do not make application at the Bowls Pavilion to-day unless you are a club member. No fairer method of distribution can be conceived, but with such a limited allocation it is the club’s regret that many supporters must be disappointed."
"Following the Watsonians' Dance on Boxing Day, there will be a Members' Dance on the club premises on Boxing Night which, as usual, the Watsonians will attend. Dancing will be from 8 to 1, and members can obtain their tickets at 5s. each from the Club Social Centre this evening - or again next Saturday evening if tickets are still available."