The dawn of rugby's professional era in the 1990s put an end to many long established fixtures in the calendar. But historic cross-border rivalries will be renewed tomorrow when Bristol travel over the Severn bridge to take on Bridgend in the British & Irish Cup.
Our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth has been digging into the past to find out what made this clash so special.
Yeovil Town won for a club record 8th time in a row. Bristol Rovers also won, Cheltenham drew and Bristol City lost in the Severnside derby.
There were wins today for both Bristol clubs and Yeovil Town. Swindon Town could only draw and Cheltenham Town slipped to defeat.
Bath have beaten West Country rivals Gloucester 32 - 5 in the LV= Cup.