THE South Hook LNG Pembrokeshire KO Cup final is set to take place tonight.
Reigning champions Tenby will take on Haverfordwest at Parc Llwyn Ty Gwyn, Whitland, with kick-off at 7pm.
It promises to be an intriguing final, with both sides desperate to finish their season on a high note.
In division two west, the Blues have endured a difficult season.
After the euphoria of winning division three west in their previous campaign, they have struggled to maintain a settled side this season, especially on away days.
They lost their opening ten league games, which left them with little chance of surviving relegation.
Furthermore, in March they lost coach Jonny Llewhellin, who had been instrumental in their promotion season the previous year.
But make no mistake, the Haverfordwest side who takes the field todaywill be a different animal from the one that has struggled this season.
The Blues at full strength can be a formidable side, and they have been boosted in recent weeks with the addition of former Scarlets and Rotherham prop Simon Gardiner.
In Barry John, who has stepped up from his role as assistant since Llewhellin’s departure, they have an excellent technical coach, and as a squad they will be determined to finish a difficult season on a high.
Tenby meanwhile, suffered disappointment on a different scale this season. They won eight of their first nine league games to go top of the table, and appeared serious contenders to be promoted with a top two finish.
But their form dipped after Christmas and in the end eight league defeats ensured they finished outside the top two in third place.
However, their performance was still a continuation of their improvement over recent seasons, and marked their highest league position for a number of years.
In Gareth Thomas, they possess an experienced coach who, like John, will have his side fully prepared for Friday.
The Seasiders also have the added incentive of being current holders. Last year they went in as underdogs and brilliantly caught Aberystwyth cold with three early tries.
But they won’t automatically be outsiders this time around, with the majority of county rugby followers predicting a close final.
Organisers have experimented with both Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon kick offs in the last few seasons — but moving it to a Friday, meaning no clashes with any other rugby or domestic cricket, and is hoped to ensure a large crowd this time around.