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."
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
Speaking to GRTV after the 14-11 win in Zebre on Saturday, Bill Meakes acknowledged that Zebre had forced Gloucester to dig very deep to earn the win and made a point of thanking the tremendous travelling support.
Speaking after the 14-11 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre in Parma, Scrum Coach Trevor Woodman admitted that Gloucester hadn't been at their best against a very tough opponent, but had just enough about them to earn the win.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.