Bridgend defeated neighbours Bridgend Athletic 31-3 in the first round with wing Rhys Ward-Jones touching down for a brace. Once again they have been handed Championship opposition with a trip to Bargoed at the second stage but with their opponents riding high at the top of the Championship, it may prove to be a far stiffer obstacle to overcome.
Pontypridd ended Llanelli's hopes of making it 15 SWALEC Cup victories when they travelled to Parc y Scarlets and recorded a 22-14 first round victory. They crossed for three tries and with Dai Flanagan landing two conversions and a penalty, they ended the match comfortable winners. Their reward is a trip to play Tata Steel of the Championship who had a bye in the opening round, and Ponty will be confident of making further progress in a bid to add to their four SWALEC Cup successes.
Cardiff needed a late try from James Thomas to knock the students of Cardiff Met out of the cup at the first stage with a 20-16 scoreline. Cardiff's backs coach Mark Ring was relieved at the end of the game to get the victory that keeps the Blue and Blacks on the cup trail. They have been handed another home fixture in round two against Ebbw Vale who beat fellow Gwent side Newbridge 27-5 in the last round.
This could be a particularly tough game for the Blue and Blacks against the side top of the SWALEC Championship.
Swansea faced RGC1404 in Round One and were made to battle by the newly-formed One East side before going through 29-12. The North Walians found themselves 22-0 down at the interval but they raised their game after the break to cause problems for the Premiership strugglers. The All Whites play Newport next after the Black and Ambers put paid to Bonymaen 95-14.
A brace of tries by scrum half Rhodri Wells and full back Chris Banfield helped Carmarthen Quins beat Narberth 36-15. After moving into a 31-3 lead with the advantage of the wind, Quins were forced back after the interval by the Otters who gave the visitors defence a real test. Quins now play Bedwas who fellow Premiership high fliers Llandovery 17-3 this week.
There will be an all-Championship clash when Glamorgan Wanderers travel to face Blackwood and Aberavon will play Beddau who were both involved in rearranged Round One matches.
SWALEC Cup: Round Two
(Ties to be played weekend of 16 February, 2013)
Bargoed v Bridgend
Blackwood v Glamorgan Wanderers
Cardiff v Ebbw Vale
Carmarthen Quins v Bedwas
Neath v Cross Keys
Newport v Swansea
Tata Steel v Pontyprid
Aberavon v Beddau
For footage of Bridgend's derby win in round one click here.