From the match programme:-
"Newport are faced with opposition of the sternest type in entertaining Neath - probably the strongest of the invariably strong sides from the west - at Rodney Parade to-day. Since the War the "All Blacks" have had the better of their exchanges with the Newport Club. Of the six games played, Neath have won four to Newport's two, including the "double" in the '46/47 season, and the fact that in the course of these Neath have scored 60 points and Newport 57, gives point to the close nature of some lively encounters. Since their heavy defeat at Cardiff some weeks ago, Neath supporters have been anxious at one or two indifferent displays, but a convincing victory over the hitherto unbeaten St. Mary's Hospital side last Saturday showed a return to their best form, and with Newport continuing in happy vein, there is every indication of a splendid game between two well matched teams this afternoon."
"In to-day's Newport side, Roger Wade - always a fine footballer - fills the unaccustomed centre position, and partners Ken Jones. In the forwards, R. T. Evans is playing for the Monmouthshire Police in Paris, and Len Jones has been selected for inclusion in the pack. The departure of Malcolm Thomas to Devonport, where he is commissioned with the Navy, is a big loss to Newport Rugby, as this young player, whose early promise is materialising so fully, is already a very fine centre threequarter. His career in English football will be closely observed by Newport followers."
"Club Members - all of whom have received the appropriate forms - are reminded that their applications for Stand Tickets for each of the International games to be played this season - both in and out of Wales - must be in the hands of the Club Secretary by Monday, November 8th."
"As the players take the field to-day our supporters will be pleased to note the Newport side appearing once again in Black and Amber Jerseys of their exact pre-war pattern - (and, we hope, quality)."
"Newport will be away for the next two Saturdays, including the season's first visit to Cardiff on November 13th. Needless to say a very large following of supporters will accompany the team with hopes of long delayed success undiminished."