Newport successfully defended their home record at Rodney Parade by defeating and under par Pontypridd 13-6 in a Principality Premiership clash.
Ponty proved to be their own worst enemy by producing their worst performance of the season. The lineout failed to fire and back lacked any spark. But if either side are to figure prominently in the inaugural British and Irish Cup campaign, they will have to improve significantly.
Newport led 10-0 at the break courtesy of five points from the boot of full-back Shaun Connor and a well taken try from wing Gareth Wyatt on 22 minutes.
The only try of a stop-start game was made by scrum-half Alex Walker, who went on a 40-yard run before kicking through for Wyatt to slide over.
After the break, two penalties from Ponty fly-half Aaron Bramwell and another kick from Connor ensured that Newport took the win and the visitors at least left with a bonus point.
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.