Shute Shield Round 13: Rampant Rats’ rematch with students not about redemption

By Matt Findlay; Photo: Warringah Rats If you don’t know the narrative leading into Saturday’s elephantine, top-of-the-table Shute Shield blockbuster between Warringah and Sydney University, odds are you’ve been living under a rock. The Rats are now four points clear on top of the table amid an incredible, eight-game winning run that stretches back to round four, the week after they were so shockingly hammered 50-nil by the students. It’s natural to assume that drubbing acted as the winning streak’s catalyst and it’s just as natural to assume the Rats’ motivation this week is righting the wrongs from that defeat. Not so, not the latter at the very least. “It’s not about redemption and it’s not about any sort of revenge, it’s about continuing to tick boxes because I still don’t think we’re anywhere near our best,” Rats coach Mark Gerrard said, his side fresh from a last-start, 36-19 win over Eastern Suburbs. “Don’t get me wrong we’ve b