It was the 14th league win for Cardiff, but Newbridge put up a brave show and led 17-12 at one point.
Cardiff tries came from forwards James Goode (2), Chris Purcell and James Malpas with a penalty try and other touchdowns from backs Leon Andrews, Richard Jones and Liam Roberts. Andrews converted one and replacement Chris Anderson goaled six.
Newbridge, with several new faces, scored tries by wing Mark Addis and forwards Leighton Davies, Tom Lampard and Stuart Coles with a conversions each by fly half Ross Watts and full back Ross Jones.
Tonight (Wed) Bedwas entertain Pontypridd (7.15pm) with the return at Sardis Road on Saturday.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.