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."
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.