Ebbw Vale marched to within a win of the Swalec Division One East crown after a comfortable 48-7 win at Rumney.
The Steelmen racked up seven tries as they recorded their 17th win of the season, and have touched down an impressive 90 times in 19 games - 23 more scores than nearest rivals Bargoed.
First-half tries for Ebbw came through flanker Cameron Regan, full back Charlie Simpson and Regan's back row colleague Ronny Kynes, with outside half Dorian Jones adding a conversion and a penalty for a 20-0 interval lead for the visitors.
After the break scrum half Dai Jones, prop Josh Powell and wing Wes Cunliffe crossed the whitewash while Simpson added his second as the Eugene Cross Park side showed the dominance which has carried them all season towards a defence of their title.
Cunliffe's score came after a superb break from replacement outside half Dan Haymond, who also kicked three conversions. Hosts Rumney hold on to eighth place in the table on points difference.
Bargoed stay in contention with Ebbw Vale - at least mathematically - after edging to a 15-14 win over Blackwood at Glan-Yr-Afon.
They must win both their remaining games and hope Ebbw Vale lose all of theirs if they are to have any chance of pipping the Steelmen to the title.
Full back Andrew McLaughlan and flanker Gareth Davies scored the tries for Bargoed as they eked out the narrowest of wins over mid-table Blackwood. Outside half Jeremy Roberts scored a try and kicked three penalties for the home side.
Newbridge came out on top over Gilfach Goch in an entertaining clash between the league's third and fourth-placed sides at the Welfare Ground.
Gilfach led 13-7 at the break, but a three-try burst in the second period from the hosts saw them pick up maximum points for the sixth time this season. Newbridge's tries came through centre Dan Phillips, prop Geraint Weaver and replacements Geraint Langdon and Rhys Price.
In another compelling encounter Beddau left Merthyr with a 32-26 win over the Ironmen. Tries from wing pair Ieaun Coombes and Bradley Coombes, along with flanker Rhys Watkins, centre Lloyd Peart and replacement Abraham Papii secured the points for the Green and Golds.
Elsewhere, Mountain Ash edged a 22-20 victory over the Glamorgan Wanderers at Duffryn Pennar Parc.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.