Full-back Brett Davey returns after injury, so Matthew Nuthall reverts to the left-wing position.
Top try scorer Gareth Wyatt, who was injured against Swansea, is subject to a late fitness test with Richard Johnston on stand-by. Ceri Sweeney and Gareth Baber are selected at half-backs while Neil Jenkins and Dale Burn are on the replacement bench.
Matthew Rees comes in at hooker while Wales Under-21 star flanker Mark Lewis is picked in the back-row with Wayne O'Connor and No 8 Richard Parks.
Gareth Thomas captains a virtually full-strength Bridgend side, with Gareth Cull at full-back in place of Matt James.
Second-row forward Adam Moore is still out with a thumb injury and scrum-half Fililo Martens is not available, so Craig Warlow comes in alongside former club captain Huw Harries.
Pontypridd: B Davey; G Wyatt/R Johnson, S James, J Bryant, M Nutthall; C Sweeney, G Baber; N Hennessey, M Rees, D Bell, D McIntosh, M Lewis, R Parks, W O'Connor.
Replacements: D Burn, N Jenkins, J Lewis, S Cronk, AN Other, AN Other, AN Other.
Bridgend: G Cull; D Bishop, G Thomas (capt), S Taumalolo, P Jones; C Warlow, H Harries; P Booth, A Joy, C Horsman, D Jones, N Budgett, M Molitika, C Harris, R Bryan.
Replacements: G Thomas, B Phillips, R Jones, S Van Rensburg, M Powell, J Donovan, C Richards.