Pontypridd 36 Neath 3
NEATH'S mini-revival came to an end as they were well beaten at reigning Premiership champions and title favourites Pontypridd.
It was Neath's first defeat in four matches and leaves them tenth in the table.
Pontypridd took the lead early on, with centre Adam Thomas claiming a cross-kick from Simon Humberstone to cross near the corner.
The home side dominated the early exchanges and extended the lead after a fine move, with wing Chris Clayton making a midfield break to score another try.
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Neath fly-half Dean Cummins narrowed the gap with a penalty, but it turned out to be the only time Neath would trouble the scoreboard all afternoon.
Ponty hit back with another excellent score, with lock Chris Dicomidis charging over. The try was converted by Geraint Walsh.
The home side maintained their dominance, with Adam Thomas going close, then Cory Hill having a try ruled out.
But the pressure eventually told on the visiting defence as wing Matthew Nuthall split the defence to claim his side's bonus-point try before the interval.
Neath made some inroads into Pontypridd territory in the early stages of the second half, but any hopes of a comeback proved short-lived as home No. 8 Dan Godfrey scored his side's fifth try.
The last word went to the home side as replacement scrum-half Carl Thomas crossed for their sixth score. Dai Flanagan converted.
Pontypridd assistant coach Paul John said: "We set out to play an expansive game, moving the ball and attacking out wide.
"That style of play suits our philosophy and is what we do best."
Pontypridd : Tries: A. Thomas, C. Clayton, C. Dicomidis, M. Nuthall, D. Godfrey, C. Thomas. Cons: G. Walsh (2), D. Flanagan.
Neath : Pen: D. Cummins.