"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.
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.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
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Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.