The Western Mail of 5th December 1876 report of the game went as follows:-
"NEWPORT v. CARDIFF.- A match was played on Saturday afternoon, on Newport Marshes, amid a downpour of rain, which made the ground like a puddle. A charge of 6d was made to the public, and notwithstanding the state of the weather about 200 assembled to witness the contest. The game commenced at 3.30, and lasted an hour, and play was of the best all through the game. Newport had the best of it all the time. They kept the ball well in the goal of their opponents, and compelled them to touch-down in self-defence 13 times. Newport also had two tries, but they failed to turn them into goals. Cardiff compelled Newport to touch-down twice in self-defence. The result was a win for Newport by two tries and 11 touch-downs to the good. The Newport team consisted of – T. B. Jones, back; T. Spittle and C. Phillips, three-quarter backs; A. Goss and T. M. Phillips, half backs; A. Newman, A. oss, J. Richards, C. H. Collins, H. Sims, W. Phillips, Ellen, W. Mitchell, J. Williams, and the captain."