LLANELLI saved some of their best for last as they finished an up-and-down Principality Premiership campaign with a devastating bonus-point win at Rodney Parade.
The hosts had gone into this clash needing a bonus-point win of their own to stay in contention for the play-offs, but those hopes were crushed by Llanelli, who showed a glimpse of their true potential.
The Black and Ambers were blown away by a Llanelli side smarting from a 42-22 defeat at Neath in their previous outing, the Welsh All Blacks' only league triumph all season.
For Newport, who showed such promise of their own this campaign after finishing bottom last year, this was their fifth straight league defeat.
The Parc y Scarlets side belied their finishing position in the lower half of the table with a polished display that saw them outscore the hosts by six tries to three.
Back-row forward Jack Condy, 21, who signed for the Scarlets from Cross Keys last summer, is making his way back after a four-month lay-off with a shoulder injury.
The No. 8 was among the try-scorers and was delighted with how his side played.
"It was a great way to bounce back after Neath," he said.
"To come to Rodney Parade and beat a very good side like Newport in such a way shows how good we can be. We have a lot of talented youngsters and to end our campaign on such a high was important. We will be targeting a top-three finish next season."
Llanelli dominated despite going 12-0 down early on.
Their other tries were scored by prop Ben Leung, fly-half Billy McBryde, flanker Tom Phillips, wing Michael Tagicakibau and flanker Nathan Hart.
The impressive McBryde kicked five conversions, while Ioan Hughes got one.
Newport fly-half Matt O'Brien crossed for a brace of tries and slotted one conversion, while No. 8 Jack Goodey also got a touchdown.
Llanelli finish the season in eighth place with 10 wins and 12 losses.
Newport — Tries: J. Goodey, M. O'Brien (2). Con: M. O'Brien.
Llanelli — Tries: B. Leung, J. Condy, B. McBryde, T. Phillips, M. Tagicakibau, N. Hart; Cons: B. McBryde (5), I. Hughes.
Courtesy of SWEP