The Times preview on the morning of the match was as follows:-
"Top dogs start underdogs in Welsh Cup Final"
"By Peter Walker"
"An air of unreality will envelop the National Stadium this afternoon where Cardiff and Newport meet in the sixth WRU challenge cup final. Unreal because for the first time since the competition began in 1971-72, Llanelli have failed to make the final. Indeed so strong has been their hold that until they were put out by Cardiff in the third round of this years' competition, Llanelli had lost only one cup match in five years and that the final against Neath in the first year!"
"It needed a monumental effort from this present Cardiff team to put them out and the subsequent hurdles of Pontypool and Aberavon in the semi-finals have fully extended Wales' most famous club in a way highly appropriate in their centenary year. In just 44 games they have passed the 1,000 point mark, one of the most impressive club scoring records in postwar British rugby, yet Cardiff go into this afternoon's match as slight underdogs."
"Second only to individual flair do the Welsh worship team discipline and Newport who have had their best season for nearly a decade have method in abundance. Based around a solid scrummaging pack who win most of set piece ball, even without the individual brilliance of their two British Lion centres, Burcher and Evans, they have a sufficient number of hard, direct running three-quarters to make them the most consistent side in the land. Already they have won the Welsh Merit Table and if Moseley fail to defeat Bristol this afternoon then Newport will also finish top of the Anglo-Welsh competition."
"Yet looking back at their progress through to the final of the WRU Cup, Newport were lucky to survive the third round where they were held to a 12 - 12 draw by the minor West Wales club, Tumble, and went through to the quarter finals by virtueof having scored the only try of the game."
"A breadth of experience and skilful blending of new talent has brought Newport to the brink of their most important game of the season. The wing forward, Keith Poole, who first played for the club in 1963 will be making his 458th appearance for Newport while, in a surprise move following a three-hour selection meeting, the club selectors have picked 21-year-old student Christopher Webber in the centre. Webber, usually a full back, is rated one of the most exciting prospects in Wales."
"Against them will be the formidable but erratic Cardiff pack behind whom those two explosive match winners, Gerald Davies and Gareth Edwards will be desperately anxious to win the only honour which has so far eluded them."
"Although the game has gripped local imagination with the same intensity as a full international, due to the rebuilding work on the west terrace of the National Stadium, the attendance of 48,500, which is still a world record for a game set when Cardiff met Newport in 1951, will not be beaten. Nevertheless over 30,000 are expected for this final duel of the season."