British and Irish Cup: Pontypridd banking on home support

Pontypridd players celebrate victory over Cornish Pirates

Pontypridd coach Geraint Lewis says the club will play "arguably the most important game" for 10 years on Saturday when they face Leinster A in the semi-final of the British and Irish Cup.

The Welsh Premiership leaders host Leinster at Sardis Road on Saturday.

Ex-Wales forward Lewis acknowledges the size of the task but says home support can see them through.

"We know the challenge that awaits us," he said.

"Leinster are a formidable outfit and one of the best teams in Europe with a strong and big squad.

"They'll come with an aggressive, physical pack who will be able to play some rugby.

"Leinster have had a certain style now for a few seasons. They play the game quickly, a good passing team and like to play with a bit of width.

"We know we're up against it but we're home [and] we'll have a good crowd.

"The atmosphere at Sardis Road is always worth a few points to us but we know we'll have to be at our best to challenge."

Lewis reported no fresh injury concerns following Tuesday's 35-22 defeat away to Newport in the Welsh Premiership.

Pontypridd finished top of a pool including London Welsh, London Scottish and Edinburgh Academicals before a last gasp win over Cornish Pirates in the quarter-finals.

Victory over Leinster A would secure home advantage in the final against Bristol or Leeds Carnegie in May.

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