Despite different league positions Nigel Melville knows that both Gloucester and Leeds see Saturday's game as vital to their end of season ambitions.
Gloucester are five points adrift of third placed Sale, and Leeds are pushing to get off the foot of the Premiership table, as the two sides clash at Kingsholm on Saturday (Sat 9 April, kick off 3pm).
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Gloucester's director of rugby said: "Leeds are fighting for their lives at the moment, but so are we. Both of us know how important this game is, and that's why any talk of even next week has been put away, until after Saturday."
The Tykes come into Saturday's game on the back of a win over Leicester in their last Premiership outing, and Gloucester also took the four points when they defeated London Irish.
"Leeds beat the top side last time out and there's no doubt they'll be in a good mood on their journey down here," added Melville.
Melville and coach Dean Ryan have a number of players returning for Saturday's clash with both Duncan McRae and James Simpson-Daniel completing more than 55 minutes in Monday's 'A' League win over Saracens, and Welsh hooker Mefin Davies available after injury.
"It's great to have Duncan back, it certainly gives us some more options. Sinbad (James Simpson-Daniel) also looked good. He needed a run-out after no game last weekend and missing the Irish win. He's making a good job of playing at outside centre."
But the Gloucester coaching team will definitely be without Phil Vickery (broken arm) and Henry Paul (knee) for Saturday. Chris Fortey (ankle) and James Parkes (wrist) are also missing through injury.
With Gloucester sitting five points behind third placed Sale, and Bath and Saracens also ahead of the Kingsholm club, wins are required, as well as certain results going their way.
Melville added: "It's still a bit of a mix in terms of how much is in our own hands for Heineken Cup qualification. What is clear is that we have to win our final three games, and then rely on a few other results going our way.
"With that in mind, our focus has to be, and is, on Leeds on Saturday. There's been talk from people outside of the Club of next season already. As far as we're concerned we have to concentrate on here and now, starting with Leeds."
Tickets for Saturday's clash are available on-line at www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com, on the ticket hotline on 0871 871 8781 and from the ticket office at the ground.
Speaking after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby kick off their Aviva Premiership campaign at Northampton Saints on Friday evening, and then return home to entertain the same opponent in the A League at Kingsholm on Monday September 8th.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.