Cardiff’s hoodoo over Neath ending in emphatic fashion at the Gnoll on Saturday.
Having won the last eight matches on the run the Blue & Blacks were looking to extend the run. The Welsh All Blacks were in no mood though to let them. They took an early lead through a James Thomas penalty. The lead was extended when Nathan Bonner-Evans scored under the posts, Thomas adding the extras.
At that point in looked ominous for the visitors, the home side running the ball at every opportunity into the strong breeze. Cardiff did get on the scoreboard when Joe Griffin landed a penalty, but it was short lived respite. Gareth King crossed after a suspiciously forward pass.
The third try followed just before the break when scrum half James scored. Thomas added the conversion for a 24-3 half time advantage.
The bonus point duly arrived two minutes after the break when former Arms Park favourite Adam Powell scored from the back of a five metre scrum.
The Blue & Blacks picked up their usual yellow card but seem to play at their best when short handed. A set play from a scrum set up their only try when Owen Williams was sent straight up the middle and under the posts, Griffin adding the conversion. That though was the end of the comeback.
Neath scored twice more to settle the result, the Blue & Blacks will look for revenge in the return match next month.