Newport defeated Pontypridd by 34-23 at Rodney Parade to give themselves one last chance of taking the Welsh/Scottish league title, but they have to rely on Cardiff preventing a Llanelli win on Friday evening.
Newport, with several players missing through injury, beat a makeshift Pontypridd side, whose eyes were more on the forthcoming Principality Cup and Parker Pen Shield finals.
The try-count was 4-3 to Newport, though it took a try in the final minute by no.8 Andrew Powell to finally kill off a splendid Pontypridd effort.
Matt Mostyn, again having to play at centre, Ben Breeze and Jason Forster had scored the earlier Newport tries, while Shane Howarth landed all four conversions as well as a penalty and full back Mat Pini dropped a goal.
Sonny Parker came on as a replacement to score one of the Pontypridd tries with scrum half Gareth Baber and wing Gareth Wyat supplying the others and Nicky Little kicked two penalties and a conversion.
There were yellow cards for Breeze and his Pontypridd opponents Sven Cronk and Matthew Rees in an exciting match well controlled by Paul Adams and before a crowd of around 5,000.
Newport play their last match against Bridgend at Rodney Parade on Saturday (5.30pm), while Pontypridd will then be entertaining Edinburgh at Sardis Road (2.30pm).
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.