Pontypridd, last year's PARKER PEN SHEILD runners-up blew Connacht away with a 40-0 victory in the Celtic League in Galway last October. Since qualifying for the quarter-finals they beat Heineken Cup sides Cardiff (12-10) and Neath (29-20), but came unstuck at home against Ebbw Vale at home last weekend.
The 'Valley Commandoes' stunned English side Leeds Tykes with a 3-1 victory on match points over two legs to make it to the final eight and they will be seeking to make it a double over the Irish province . The first leg of the game will be played in Athlone.
Pontypridd: B Davey; G Wyatt, S Parker, J Bryant, E Lewis; N Jenkins, P John; G Jenkins, M Davies (capt), D Bell, B Cockbain, R Sidoli, M Owen
Replacements: C Sweeney, G Baber, S James, S Cronk, M Rees, N Kelly, W O'Connor
Connacht: M McHugh; G Duffy, D Yapp, S Moore (capt), W Munn; E Elwood, E Reddan; R McCormack, J Flannery, P Bracken, D Browne, R Frost, M Swift, C Rigney, J O'Connor
Replacements: D McFarland, M Uijs, E Peter4s, J Muldoon, C Keane, M McPhail, J Norton