From the match programme:-
"The season gets well into swing to-day when in their third successive home game Newport entertain Bristol. They are the first English visitors, and there are few more popular attractive meetings on the Athletic Grounds. In post-war years Bristol, in common with most clubs, have had much patient team-building to do, and in consequence have been something below their pre-war effective combination. Their style of traditional open Rugby has, however, been well maintained, and, judged by their good win over Swansea last Saturday, they are strongly represented this season, and to-day's encounter should prove a most worthy one."
"Newport have made their most impressive opening to any postwar season. Whilst this, in itself, is no guarantee, of course, that a more than usually successful season will follow, it is, nevertheless obvious that early success must instil a confidence and spirit into the side which is all important when sterner tests than in the two opening games are encountered. The will to play open, enterprising Rugby, with direct purpose, has been immediately apparent, and a continuance of this type of football will, for our Supporters' part, temper any reverses in store. It is significant that of the 18 players who have appeared for Newport in the two matches already played, 13 can be classed as regular first-team men of last season. Of the remainder, Travers and Bevan are, of course, seasoned campaigners, Collins and Kimpton were two United forwards marked out last year for promotion, while Graham Ross, who is filling Ken Jones's place on the wing, is a young player whose promise was apparent to Newport in the 1945-46 season."
"There is encouraging early season news, too, of the United XV. They have won their first three games - all away from home - in decisive style, and from all reports there need be no doubt about filling any vacancy in the First XV. from the promise that abounds in their ranks. Supporters will have the opportunity of judging for themselves next Saturday when the United play their first game at home against Swansea Athletic, while Newport and Swansea are engaged at St. Helens."