"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 British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.