The Blue & Blacks fully extended reigning champions Newport in front of a 2,000 Arms Park crowd.At half-time prospects were looking good as Johnathan Edwards' team had fought back from an eight-points' defici tgo lead 13-8 at the break.
This said much for the spirit and determination of the side. A Ricky Williams try from huge overlap on the right and a Dan Griffiths penalty goal from short range after Dan McShane had been yellow-carded suggested a comfortable stroll in the Park for the visitors. That turned out to be far from the case.
After Newport hooker Kieran Crawford followed McShane to the bin, James Malpas, playing his first game of the season after recovering from a shoulder injury, drove off the back of a maul for a trademark try. Chris Anderson converted, added a 35-metre penalty goal six minutes later and, in the sixth minute of injury time, slotted an opportunist dropped goal.This obviously stung the Black & Ambers because immediately after the restart former Cardiff Youth prop Dai Pattison finished off a fine breal by Rhys Shorney.
Griffiths converted and then stretched the lead to 18-13 with a penalty goal for offside in front of the posts.Yet another former Arms Park product, Nick Kelly, scored Newport's third try in the 52nd minute before Cardiff hit back in great style with a strike by the try-hungry Chris Czekaj after great work by skipper Edwards.
Replacement Leon Andrews converted to bring the score back to 20-23 only for Griffiths to add another penalty and convert a try by Gethin Robinson.The Blue & Blacks never threw in the towel and in injury time Shaun James marked his debut with a try after interpassing with Elgan Jones. Anderson's conversion completed a fine afternoon's rugby.