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.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.