Munster hero Ronan O'Gara's 20 points put a serious dent in Neath's Celtic League ambitions at the Gnoll tonight.
The Irish province proved too good in every department to run out 35-19 winners.
Neath were left to rue basic mistakes that handed the visitors two simple tries in the first half, which proved the difference in the end.
All Blacks coach Lyn Jones now has the task to get his side up for next weekend's difficult away trip to Edinburgh, where five points could sneak his side into a home quarter-final.
Fly-half Lee Jarvis kept Neath in touch with four penalty goals, but his side's reputation as the best defensive team in the competition took a battering as Munster ran in four tries.
In Galway, Connacht's unbeaten run in the Celtic League came to a crashing halt at the hands of Pontypridd.
The men from Pontypridd were in superb form, running out 40-0 winners against a side that had never been beaten by a Welsh team in the Celtic League.
Winger Gareth Wyatt scored a brace of tries and veteran fly-half Neil Jenkins chimed in with 12 points with the boot.
A late pair of tries to replacement back Matt Allen has put Cardiff into the Celtic League quarter-finals.
The Welsh capital beat Bridgend 37-12 at the Arms Park, and their bonus point for four tries puts them into the playoffs.
It was Cardiff's fourth win on end after a poor start to the season, while Bridgend crashed to their fourth consecutive loss after starting with wins over Newport and Borders.
Nicky Robinson (Cardiff) and Craig Warlow (Bridgend) each scored 12 points with the boot, but Cardiff's star-studded backline proved the difference on the day.
In contrast, the Ravens were clueless in attack and never looked like crossing the home try-line.
Edinburgh confirmed their place in the final eight with a 30-20 win over a gritty Ebbw Vale side, with talented scrum-half Mike Blair scoring a late try to give his team some breathing space.
The visitors to Eugene Cross trailed 10-13 at the break before British Lion backrower Simon Taylor and Blair scored crucial five-pointers.
And just when long-suffering Caerphilly fans thought their season couldn't get any worse, it did. Irish province Ulster left Virginia Park with a crushing 67-15 victory, with Ireland fly-half David Humphreys kicking 27 points.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.