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.
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.
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.