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."
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.