"Cardiff have done extremely well to turn their season around in recent weeks at an important time of the season," he said.
"On current form, I would say this is going to be a great regional semi-final with a lot of players looking to become part of the Blues set-up.
"We are happy with the way we have been able to rotate the squad recently so that all the players are in with a shout of being picked for Friday night's game.
"A few players carrying niggling injuries such as Dafydd Lockyear and Tom Riley have been able to rest and recuperate to give us almost a full squad to select from.
"We are also lucky that Dale McIntosh is available - he was important to us last year in the semi-final and unfortunately missed the final so hopefully he will get a chance to put that right this time around."
Pontypridd - Backs: Gareth Jones, Dai Flanagan, Matthew Nuthall, Dafydd Lockyear, Tom Riley, Chris Clayton, Jason Pocock, Tom Dickens, Paul Matthews, Richard Langmead, Morgan Stodard, Darren Berry.
Forwards: Stuart Williams, Leighton Davies, Scott Roberts, Dale McIntosh, Grant Harrington, Lee Evans, Rhys Shellard, Nathan Strong, Ben Phillips, Ryan Harford, Chris Dicomidis, Adam Powell, Wayne O'Connor.
Cardiff have named a 26-man squad for the match.
Cardiff - Backs: Jamie Roberts, Leon Andrews, Elgan Jones, Dafydd Hewitt, Richard Jones, Richard Davies, Jonathan Hill, Nick Gill, Nick Macleod, Gareth Williams-Davies, Chris Anderson, Tom Isaacs.
Forwards: Nathan Trevett, Rhys Gill, Geraint Morris, Gareth Gunter, Michael Leaman, Khalid Jama, Rob Meredith, Chris Jones, Chris Stamatakis, Neil Coles, Nick Hampson, Mark Lewis, Gareth Gravell, James Malpas.
Referee, Hugh Watkins; touch judge No 1, James Jones; touch judge No 2, Matthew Aplin; touch judge No 3, Robert Mota.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.