Gloucestershire head into Saturday's Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Lancashire at Twickenham (kick-off 12pm) hoping to win back the illustrious county title for the first time in seven years.
Mark Cornwell's side have been reinvigorated since his appointment as Head Coach this season, and that has seen them sweep aside the opposition in the South to book their place in the final. Somerset, Devon and Cornwall have all been Gloucestershire's casualties.
Cornwell, Academy Coach at Guinness Premiership side Gloucester and former Gloucester player, said:
"The players have done everything I have asked of them this season. I told them at the start of the season I wasn't doing this for fun, I was doing this to get to the final, and they have responded. We have put in some good performances, and I am pleased with the squad and what we have achieved so far."
Traditionally finals in the Bill Beaumont Cup have always been close affairs and this one looks like it won't be any different with Lancashire also on fire having cemented their place in the final with an impressive 80-12 demolition of Northumberland last weekend.
"To be honest I know very little about Lancashire," added Cornwell.
"Looking at their results they have won their games well, but that doesn't tell you a lot about them. They might be a really strong side, or they might have had a weaker pool than us."
"Either way, the final is the next hurdle and that's what we have got to overcome. The players need to make the next step now and I am sure they will."
If Gloucestershire can come home victors they will also secure an impressive 18th county title as well as complete a county winning double, with the Under-20s side having already won their final.
"To win at Twickenham would be a fantastic achievement. For the committee winning an 18th title, equalling Lancashire's record and doing the double, would mean a lot but for me at the moment I'm not thinking about past results."
"My priority is getting this squad ready for Saturday's game. Preparations are going well, we have a fully fit squad and more players available so we are feeling confident."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.