Cardiff were attacking at pace every time they got the ball, only a strong Neath defence kept the score at 10-0 for the next quarter of the game. But the defence was to crack eventually. Neath were forced to clear from near their own line into touch and from the lineout, a driving maul was shunted over the line with Dan Crimmins at the bottom to score. Davies again was on target with the conversion and just before half-time he added his second penalty to give the Blue and Blacks a 20-0 lead at the interval.
The first quarter of the second half was more of the same. Neath's defence was constantly under pressure and that led to try number three. As the ball was run out by the Welsh All Blacks, Aaron Fowler spotted the move and picked off the pass on the 10 metre line. The hooker had a long way to go but made it without having a hand laid on him.
That though was the end of the scoring for the Blue and Blacks. Just as it looked like a bonus point was going to be a formality, Neath upped their game. It was the visitors who looked like the side in charge and they nearly got themselves on the board when Kevin James raced clear. Will Thomas had other ideas though and a fantastic cover tackle pushed the Neath winger into touch two metres from the line.
When Cardiff were reduced to 14 men following a sin-bin for not rolling away, the visitors did find a way through. From a short range scrum Rhys Jones scrambled over the line, Dai Langdon converted and the comeback had started. The second try came through Kevin James, the powerful winger bursting through a tackle to score in the corner.
Cardiff were now defending for their lives, and only their tough tackling was keeping a rejuvenated Neath at bay. When they did manage to find a way through, Thomas was again on hand to make a last ditch tackle to keep them from getting a score that would have made the last few minutes interesting.
As it was Cardiff had been the better side throughout most of the game and were deserved winners.