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)
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The youngest member of the Wales Women's squad, Keira Bevan, is hoping to repay the faith shown in her when she starts her first Six Nations game against Italy tomorrow evening in the final round of the championship.
Sevens head coach Gareth Williams is a happy man after drafting in full internationals Rhodri Williams and Adam Warren for the next two rounds of the world series in Hong Kong and Japan, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.