Gloucestershire and Cornwall head into the final round of the Bill Beaumont Cup South Group on Saturday both determined to book their place in the Twickenham cup final on May 30th.
Gloucestershire currently head their rivals in the league table but only on superior points' difference as both sides have recorded two wins from two outings.
The clash is sure to be a thriller with both sides coming good this season after some years out in the county wilderness.
For Gloucestershire their campaign has been revived thanks to the expertise of former Gloucester player and now academy manager at the Guinness Premiership club Mark Cornwell.
Gloucestershire last reached the final of the top tier county competition in 2004, but you have to look back to 2002 when they were last crowned champions and claimed an impressive 17th title.
"I've lived in Gloucestershire for most of my life and certainly I have kept a close eye on what's going on in the county for the past five years or so," said Cornwell, whose side have beaten Devon and Somerset so far.
"I've always thought the talent has been here, but over the past couple of years things haven't been working. We have made some small changes and it has been those changes that have made a significant difference to this squad."
Gloucestershire set-up their showdown against Cornwall thanks to a 37-3 victory over last year's finalists Devon at Kingsholm at the weekend, though they had to work hard for the win with both sides locked at 3-3 at the break.
"We've really pleased to be in this position, but we have got a lot to work on. I was pleased with the second half against Devon, but in the first 40 minutes we were playing against a strong wind and lashing rain and we just couldn't get things started."
"At the break, I looked at what Devon had to offer and I knew we could win this one; we just needed to keep the ball. We started to do that and we dominated. We went on to score six tries in that second-half, and some of them were very good tries."
"It was good to be pushed by Devon; the first half was a real eye opener for the players and showed them that they are not invincible."
Like Gloucestershire Cornwall are no strangers to Twickenham. Although they haven't graced the hallowed turf of England Rugby HQ for some time, the Black & Golds have contested the final six times over the last 20 years so Cornwell knows that Cornwall have big ambitions too.
"This Saturday's game will be the battles of all battles. The winner will take all so we know it's going to be tough."
"You can look at past results this season and say we have the edge but I think really it's going to be about what happens on the day. I don't think you can read anything into the results so far. I'm just thinking about this team and getting my players fit and ready for the match."
A handful of the Gloucester Rugby Mo-Bros visited Pride Hair Salon in Gloucester on Wednesday afternoon to have the final touches applied to their Movember efforts, and the team captain Jacob Rowan spoke to GRTV ahead of the final few days of the month.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.