Eastbourne Rugby Club host league rivals Burgess Hill on Saturday in a highly anticipated match.
Undefeated Eastbourne have a three point gap on second-place Burgess Hill.
The Blue and Golds are coming off a narrow cup win over Reigate last weekend, 36-23, making them the last remaining Sussex team in the Junior Vase Cup.
Burgess Hill known as the Sussex All Blacks were also in cup action but suffered a contrasting fate losing to Camberley 50-7, but had 10 first team players missing.
Eastbourne coach Russ Aitkenhead said, “They are a very physical side, and it’s going to be a battle up front”
Two years ago Burgess Hill beat Eastbourne at home and away as they pipped them to first place.
“The game will be a bit of a revenge mission after losing out to them two seasons ago.
“If we can play our own game and not be overruled by the occasion, I’m confident we will win the game and extend our lead in the league.”
Elsewhere, Eastbourne have drawn Battersea Ironsides in the next round of the RFU Junior Vase. The tie will be played on Saturday January 3 at Battersea’s Burntwood Lane ground.