With Cardiff almost assured of the title and with both Neath and Llanelli winning in midweek, a victory was needed by the Black and Ambers but despite an entertaining game the home side snatched the two points.
Wing Nathan Daniels scored a try for Newport while fly half Michael Hook added the conversion and a brace of penalties. Alan Williams, Shaun James and Daniel Povey scored tries for the home side while Michael Thomas added two conversions.
Newport are at home to second placed Neath on Tuesday evening (7.30)
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference