Pontypridd play hosts to Llanelli in what has all the makings of a cracker of a Premiership tie at Sardis Road on Saturday (KO 2:30pm).
The current autumn heatwave should provide the perfect conditions for running rugby, which is the credo of two clubs fully committed to nurturing young talent schooled in the ways of creative play.
From a Ponty perspective there is also the small matter of putting right a hard hitting defeat to the same opponents in the Premiership Play Off Final last May which cost them the league crown. Despite all efforts to erase that setback from the collective memory at Sardis Road, it lingers on.
Ironically that Play Off defeat was the only one endured by Pontypridd in four meetings between the two clubs last season, with the Valley Commandos taking the plaudits in both league encounters and the British & Irish Cup quarter final.
Ponty will be eager to claim a win as they once more face up to Llanelli, with a view to climbing the table from their current sixth position and with their focus on the future rather than the past.
"Losing to Llanelli in the title decider last May was a huge disappointment" explained Pontypridd team manager Richard Langmead, "but it was their night and full credit to them for the achievement.
"Our players are now excited at the prospect of taking on Llanelli again with some points to prove, and with the need to gather momentum with a home win. Llanelli are a quality side who will provide another huge challenge, but one which we must meet full on."
Pontypridd have suffered a number of injury set-backs in the build up to the big game. Wing Lewis Williams and prop Pat Palmer are both ruled out with hand injuries, full back Harley Thomson with a shoulder strain and outside half Dean Gunter with a dead leg, but the latter due to be given a late fitness test for a place on the bench.
There is meanwhile a welcome return to action for centre Dafydd Lockyer following a summer shoulder operation.
Pontypridd 15.Gareth Wyatt. 14.Chris Clayton. 13.Adam Thomas. 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Owen Williams. 10.Lewis K Williams. 9.Rhys Downes.
1.Stuart Williams. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Ken Knaggs. 4.Ryan Savage. 5.Chris Dicomidis - cpt. 6.Dan Godfrey. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Owen Sheppeard.
Replacements: Gareth Williams; Dean Gunter / Lewis Reece; Matthew Nuthall; Tom Hetherington; Calum Thomas; Jordan Sieniawski; James Howe
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.