Shute Shield: Scrappy Students Edge Passionate Rats

by Paul Cook - Sydney University have seen off a spirited display from a fired up Warringah to come home late with a 20-15 win that cements their second spot on the ladder. It was a disjointed performance from the reigning champions, who seemed a couple of gears short of their usual selves but credit for much of that must go to a Rats outfit that harried and harangued for the full 80 minutes and can take a huge amount of pride from the match, if not the points. They led 12-7 at half-time after taking their chances from the limited amount of time spent in Uni’s half as they mounted a physical rearguard action to hold the dominant but misfiring visitors at bay. It took a few stern words from coach Chris Malone and the introduction of talismanic skipper Tim Davidson, to fire up the Students but an improved se
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