The Armidale Blues and Robb College will both vie to keep the other from entering the New England Rugby Union finals series with momentum when they collide on Saturday.
The two sides will go head-to-head for the final round of the regular season and with both coming off consecutive losses, it is shaping up to be a critical clash.
"Both sides put together a very even contest last start that could have gone either way," Blues co-coach Luke Stephen said.
"In the same breath, both clubs are looking to take momentum into the finals series."
It's been said all year but Stephen still firmly believes the premiership race is wide open.
"We are happy with who we have got this weekend, it is about building combinations and a platform to launch into finals footy," he said.
"The ladder is fairly inconsequential at this point, all four sides are playing good footy and can win on their day so it is about building and playing a style of football that is Blues rugby and will hopefully put us in a position at the end of 80 minutes to get the result."
On the other side of the ledger, Robb are playing to maintain top spot on the table in order to claim the hosting rights for the major semi-final.
Co-coach Sam Ditchfield highlighted the significance of the clash and agreed with his counterpart in saying the final round match provides the perfect platform to launch their trophy aspirations.
"Going forward, if we want to host the major semi-final we need to win this weekend," he said.
"More importantly, if we want to show that we are competitive going into the finals series, we need a good showing this weekend just to build that momentum."
The reigning premiers have had a horror run of injuries and although they welcome some back this Saturday, they aren't out of the woods yet.
"We have a horrendous season with injuries, we have had three broken legs, two in first grade, maybe six or seven ACLs across the grades," Ditchfield said.
"Charlie Pittman comes in to halfback for Max Manson, he has been playing very good footy in second grade and it is an opportunity for him. That is really the only change we have made around dropping a player to replace a player I suppose.
"Everything else is just players that were unavailable for the Baa Baas game or coming back from injury.
"Lawson Muir goes back into hooker. Due to a hamstring strain to Andy Leatham, we have brought him straight back into first grade."