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.
The annual Women's club launch was held at the Wales Centre of Excellence where National Women's Head Coach and Programme Lead Rhys Edwards, Competition Secretary Adrian Howell and Cardiff Met player Ffion Jones express eagerness for the new campaign to get under way.
WRU TV follows Wales' RWC training squad on day one of their camp in North Wales. The squad were greeted to an official welcome in Colwyn Bay and then headed for an afternoon of team building at ZipWorld