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.
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.