From the match programme:-
"WELCOME TO THE PARADE"
"THIS EVENING we extend a very warm welcome to our friends from Stradey Park who arrive chasing "the double", having comprehensively defeated us earlier in the season by 35pts to 7pts. The only satisfaction that Black and Amber followers achieved from that "debacle" is that 'MJW' and his team have only lost once since, and that was that never-to-be-forgotten cup game at Cardiff. Captain Phil May and his team will be very conscious of the fact that Newport have won their last 17 Club matches and that the Scarlets last won here at Rodney Parade on 31st October 1981 (10-9). He, like all Black and Amber followers, will also be aware that the selection of David Pickering and Ieuan Evans to play, and Andrew Buchanan and Jonathan Griffiths as substitutes for Wales next Saturday at Murrayfield, coupled with the loss of Phil Davies through injury, will severely deplete his team. But it is certain that Tony Faulkner and Roy Duggan will not allow this situation to create any complacency in the Black and Amber ranks, for the Scarlets have a great reputation of rising to the occasion and there are many fine players still available for selection from their strong squad."
"The news of the impending retirement of coach Allan Lewis from the Stradey scene will disappoint many people, because his contribution to the Scarlets, firstly as a player and latterly in harness with Gareth Jenkins as joint coach, has been considerable. His philosophy on the game of rugby has brought admiration from many places and no doubt his ability in maintaining the image of 15-man style rugby will long be remembered. Let's hope that following a rest from the pressures of the modern game he will contemplate returning as the game can ill afford to lose such dedicated men. Good Luck, Allan."
"A player who made a dramatic impact on the Stradey scene earlier this season, both for the visitors and the Scarlets, is outside half Ben Childs, who is no stranger to Rodney Parade having tried his luck with the Black and Ambers a few seasons ago. His confrontation with Paul Turner promises to be one of the highlights of the game."
"Welcome, Llanelli, your visits to Rodney Parade always add excitement to the atmosphere in anticipation of fast attacking rugby football - we are confident that tonight will be no exception."
"Congratulations are extended to Paul Turner on breaking Laurie Daniel's long-standing individual points record last Saturday in the overwhelming victory over Pontypridd. Paul leaves early next week to play for the Penguins in the Hong Kong Sevens -wouldn't it be ironic if he met team mate Marc Batten playing for the Welsh "Accies" in the final."
"On Friday, 3rd April, Rodney Parade will see the Wales Schools U15 team entertain their Scottish counterparts in a game that should provide the rugby followers of Gwent with the opportunity of spotting the stars of the future. Black and Amber supporters will have home grown talent to support in the persons of Kerry Roberts, Gary Williams and Richard Fowler, while from the Pontypool area Robert Evans and Damien Thomas gain the coveted "cap". Congratulations are extended to all the boys and we hope a large crowd will attend to cheer them on. Make a note of the date and remember... the K.O. is 6.00 p.m."
"Before and at half time this evening a collection will be made by Newport Players and Supporters for the John Bevan Memorial Appeal for Lukaemia Research. The proceeds will be added to the monies being raised through various functions in Welsh Rugby as a tribute to the former Aberavon, Neath, Wales and British Lions player who later coached his country before his untimely death. Please give generously in honour of a great sportsman and a gentleman."
"Congratulations to 'MJW' and his team on becoming the first Welsh Club to break the 1000 points and 150 tries barrier this season. Every Black and Amber supporter will be hoping that the Club records for points and tries will fall by the end of the season. Good Luck, boys - let's hope the attack will commence this evening."