The Black and Ambers are now 32 games unbeaten at their historic ground having avoided defeat in the last two Welsh Premiership seasons. But they had to come from behind to beat a spirited All Whites side who led for more than an hour through tries from full-back Aaron Mitchell and flanker Ben Lewis.
However Swansea failed to shake off the home side, who stayed in touch with tries from Will Kershaw-Naylor and Alex Walker. The game finally turned Newport's way when outside-half Aled Thomas, one of Newport's new recruits this summer, gave the Black and Ambers the lead seven minutes from time. Centre Richard Payne went over late on to seal the victory.
Defending champions Neath crashed to their first defeat of the season at Sardis Road where Pontypridd clung on for a 25-21 victory. Neath looked dead and buried before Gareth Morris stormed over in injury time to bring them back to within a point only for James Hook to scuff his conversion. Instead Ponty outside-half David Flanagan held his nerve to slot over a penalty deep into extra time.
Llanelli's Lee Byrne scored two first-half tries as the Scarlets brushed past Ebbw Vale 24-3 at Stradey Park.
Cardiff's poor start to the season continued with a 42-20 defeat at Aberavon, having lost 49-8 at Ebbw Vale last week.
Premiership newboys Maesteg are still looking for their first victory since returning to the top division this season after two tries from Michael Wilcox and 19 points from the boot of Andrew James handed Bedwas a 29-10 win.
Bridgend full-back Gareth David bagged a 27-point haul that included a try in either half as the Ravens ran out 37-29 winners over newly promoted Glamorgan Wanderers.
Former Wales full-back Justin Thomas played a staring role with 18 points as Cross Keys ran riot against Llandovery, running in six tries in their 43-0 rout. There was no such free-scoring at Carmarthen Quins who squeezed out a 6-3 win over Pontypool.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series