Llanelli coach Gareth Jenkins has led his side to the Welsh/Scottish league championship, a European (Heineken Cup) semi-final and is now on course to do the 'double' this season, but Pontypridd have a double of their own to aim for.
The 'Cup Kings' of Welsh rugby are on target for a second piece of silverware, with a Principality Cup Final date with Ponty at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in their sights.
The valley commandos could achieve an impressive double of their own if they beat the Scarlets and go on to beat Sale Sharks in Europe's PARKER PEN Shield Final the following weekend, but Jenkins believes the pressure is off his side.
"You put so much into a season and, although we reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup, until we beat Cardiff for the Welsh/Scottish league title last week, we had nothing to show for it," said Jenkins.
"But now, to a certain extent the pressure is off, we now know this is not a season without reward. That does not mean we have any less ambition to win the Principality Cup, we just won't be as nervous as we might have been."
Captain Scott Quinnell will lead the team as Jenkins picks from a squad now near to full strength and boosted by the early return of Matt Cardey.
"It is a huge testament to Matt that he is back and playing well after dislocating his ankle. I never thought it would be possible and he has gone beyond the call of human effort to get himself in this position," added Jenkins.
Pontypridd have also selected from a full squad which is good news for coach Lyn Howells who also has a PARKER PEN SHIELD european final to prepare for the following week.
"Ponty have been playing with some flare in recent weeks and their performance against London Irish in the Shield semis was outstanding," said Scott Quinnell.
"But it is something special for us to be going for a double this season, it should be a great occasion and we hope to be playing some good rugby of our own.
"I only hope we can do ourselves justice and put in a performance worthy of what we have acheived already this season."
STAT ATTACK. LLANELLI vs PONTYPRIDD
Llanelli - Won 11 times (1973;74;75;76;85;88;91;92;93;98;2000) Runners-up 4 times. Pontypridd - Winners 1996. Runners-up twice. Previous cup meetings. Llanelli won 8, Pontypridd won 2.
1971-72. Pontypridd 4 LLANELLI 18. (played at Penygraig)
1979-80. Pontypridd 3 LLANELLI 16. (quarter-final).
1980-81. Pontypridd 6 LLANELLI 11.
1988-89. Pontypridd 11 LLANELLI 26.
1990-91. Pontypridd 6 LLANELLI 19.
1991-92. Pontypridd 6 LLANELLI 27. (semi-final at National Grd)
1992-93. LLANELLI 24 Pontypridd 6. (quarter-final)
1994-95. PONTYPRIDD 20 Llanelli 14. (semi-final at Cardiff RFC)
1995-96. PONTYPRIDD 35 Llanelli 17. (semi-final at Bridgend)
1998-99. Pontypridd 17 LLANELLI 22. (quarter-final)
Cup record. Llanelli: won 132, lost 19. Pontypridd: won 78, lost 29. First
meeting of the clubs was on 25th October 1884.
THIS SEASON'S CUP RESULTS.
Round 6 - Saturday, January 19.
Beddau 7 Pontypool 50
Bonymaen 16 Tondu 8
Carmarthen Ath 0 Carmarthen Qns 43
Hirwaun 0 Blackwood 13
Llandovery 15 Ebbw Vale 29
Narberth 27 Merthyr 5
Newbridge 18 Aberystwyth 6
Whitland 9 Aberavon 27
Round 7 - Friday, February 22.
Pontypool 16 Swansea 14 - Saturday, February 23.
Aberavon 16 Cardiff 24
Blackwood 8 Pontypridd 24
Pontypridd - T: N Simpson, G Jones. C: B Davey. P: Davey 4.
Bonymaen 3 Newport 41 (at the Morfa Stadium)
Carmarthen Qns 3 Bridgend 19
Ebbw Vale 20 Neath 10
Narberth 15 Caerphilly 19
Newbridge 5 Llanelli 24
Llanelli - T: G Evans, G Williams, W Proctor. C: G Bowen 3. P: Bowen.
QUARTER-FINALS - Friday, March 29.
Cardiff 20 Newport 14 - Saturday, March 30.
Pontypool 22 Ebbw Vale 27
Llanelli 46 Bridgend 24
Llanelli -T: I Boobyer 2, G Evans, G Bowen, M Jones. C: S Jones 3. P: S Jones 5.
Pontypridd 46 Caerphilly 31
Pontypridd - T: S Parker 2, P John, N Simpson, G Jones. C: B Davey 2, C
Sweeney. P: Davey 5.
SEMI-FINALS - Saturday, April 13. (both at the Millennium Stadium).
Cardiff 25 Pontypridd 31
Pontypridd - T: M Davies. C: B Davey. P: Davey 8.
Ebbw Vale 17 Llanelli 34
Llanelli - T: V Cooper, G Easterby, I Boobyer, M Jones. C: S Jones 4. P:
S Jones 2.
LLANELLI (104 points - 12 tries, 10 cons, 8 pens).
Tries: I Boobyer 3, G Evans 2, M Jones 2, V Cooper 1, G Easterby 1, W
Proctor 1, G Williams 1, G Bowen 1. Cons: S Jones 7, G Bowen 3. Pens: S
Jones 7, G Bowen 1. Points: S Jones 35.
PONTYPRIDD (101 points - 8 tries, 4 cons, 17 pens).
Tries: S Parker 2, G Jones 2, N Simpson 2, P John 1, M Davies 1. Cons: B
Davey 4. Pens: B Davey 17. Points: B Davey 59.
TEAM NEWS Principality Cup Final 2002:
Llanelli v Pontypridd, Millennium Stadium, Saturday 18th May
LLANELLI: Barry Davies; Mark Jones, Matt Cardey, Leigh Davies, Salesi Finau; Stephen Jones, Guy Easterby; Martyn Madden, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt, David Hodges, Simon Easterby, Scott Quinnell (Captain)
Replacements: Phil Booth, Marcus Thomas, Luke Gross, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peel, Gareth Bowen Neil Boobyer
PONTYPRIDD: Brett Davey; Gareth Wyatt, Sonny Parker, John Bryant, Matthew Nuttall; Ceri Sweeney, Paul John (Captain); Gethin Jenkins, Mefin Davies, Duncan Bell, Brent Cockbain, Robert Sidoli, Nick Kelly, Richard Parks, Michael Owen
Replacements: Matthew Rees, Sven Cronk, Dale McIntosh, Cori Harris, Gareth Baber, Nicky Little, Shaun James
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.