Newport's season went from bad to worse as they lost for the second time in four days. The Black and Ambers lost 12-9 at local rivals Pontypool last night (TUE), going down courtesy of a last-minute penalty.
Fly-half Sam Mills slotted over the winning kick for the bottom club, who now trail closest rivals Bedwas by six points, after centre Geraint O'Driscoll had already put over three earlier penalties.
In reply, Newport could not break over the try line and only managed three penalties of their own, coming from wing Steve Taylor and two from the boot of centre Tom Riley.
This league defeat comes after Newport crashed out of the SWALEC Cup 20-10 at Aberavon on Saturday.
The loss at Pooler Park means third-placed Newport failed to capitalise on this game in hand over Premiership leaders
Llanelli and Cardiff.
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