Standings before the final weekend:
1) Nip/Ruck - 845.8
Why has Brumby shot into the lead? It's actually kinda hard to find the driving force behind it, it's just that several of Brumby's players had very good games without rocking the scoresheet. Anthony Watson made a lot of ground, Dan Biggar kicked well, and Billy Vunipola put in a shift. Maro Itoje only scored 12 points. Incidentally, the scoring system that had Maro Itoje score only 12.8 points from his herculean performance against NZ may need examining.
Brumby has nine players in the last week, a lot of them key backs like Watson, de Klerk, Daly and Biggar, and three more try scoring forwards in Itoje, Tuipolotu and Vunipola. He's very well placed.
2) Ripper's Renegades - 811.4
Ripper got about as much out of his side as he could this wekeend given how much of it got knocked out in the quarters. Manu Tuilagi's early try and a decent run out for Sevu Reece has kept him in the running. Tom Curry actually gave a statistically poor performance despite being a matchwinner, so Ripper can count himself unlucky there. The final pair of matches offer another chance for Tuilagi to have a shot at breaking the three figure mark, and Ben Smith will finally get a starting gig against Wales. They'll be two of only five players (the others being Curry, Ken Owens and Brodie Retallick) to feature for the Renegades.
3) Dynamo Morpork - 808
I always thing Magrat's side are to be written off and they keep pushing on. A massive week for try scorers de Allende and Savea re-establishes them as the best players in their position over the course of the tournament, and that's not counting metres machine Mapimpi. Handre Pollard is vying with Farrell for top kicker of the tournament. If you have only 5 players in the final week, you may as well make them count.
4) Prop n' Lock - 806.4
My side hasn't had everything their way, but at least bonus pick Adams got himself on the scoresheet in a relatively try-sparse week. George Ford taking over kicking duties has done a lot to lift me into the top four too. With world cup finals often being low scoring affairs, my best shot for final week points is probably Reiko Ioane getting to air his frustrations in the third place playoff, after having achieved almost nothing all tournament. I'll have nine players in the final weekend, all of them starters.
5) Southern Mob & a Welshman - 806
Stephen and I have been tied for a while and the run in is no different. No real big scorers this week, but his hefty Springbok pack continues to pile up the tackle count. He'll be diappointed with bonus pick Jordie Barrett's semi final.
Elder brother Beauden is probably this side's best source of points for the week, getting a final run from fullback at what is probably a very tired Welsh side. Stephen's black and green dominated team has 10 players featuring this week, with Ryan Crotty getting a gig but Bridge missing out. However, four of those will be replacements.
6) Marcuss XV - 800.8
Both the players Marcuss brought in as injury replacements have now required replacing. It's possible this team is haunted. Marcuss' side missed out on some points unluckily this week, he also incurred the wrath of the TMO taking a try off Underhill, and points that probably should have been kicked by a fit Farrell were passed over to George Ford. Kolbe and Farrell, who have had some of the top-scoring individual matches in the comp, are the most likely players to gain him points on Saturday, but Marcuss still has 10 players in the game.
7) James XV - 730
Now well off the pace, James will need a big kicking performance from Mo'unga to clamber himself off the bottom. Sonny-Bill Williams will be looking to make a big impact in his final match in black too. Hoever, with Whitelock presumably sin binned, only 6 players will feature this weekend.