"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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.