That was until the last move and kick of the game.
Also within a Springbok context much attention was focused on the two No8s on display.
Evan Roos again went on his swashbuckling ways from the back of the scrum.
Opposite number Duane Vermeulen earlier this week opined how different they were as No8s.
While Roos spreads himself thin, Vermeulen lays it on thick in his narrower sphere of influence.
He is the freight train on a well-worn long-haul track, while Roos takes in all stations on his commuter run.
Fellow Stormers loose forward Deon Fourie also deserves honourable mention. Fourie, is no 'jackal and hide'.
He hounds the ball carrier, exacts a steal but he is equally likely to pop up in a wide channel in attack or, as was the case here, thwart a try with last gasp intervention.
He then left the field bloodied but returned a dozen or so minutes later.
Damian Willemse who came into the game under an injury cloud certainly didn't look handicapped in any way as he exacted an early steal near the halfway line which allowed
The Stormers scored an early maul try, while their second was a training ground routine.
The impeccable Hacjivah Dayimani rose high at the front of the line-out before Roos peeled around from the back, delayed his pass to Herschel Jantjies who drew his nearest marker before putting Roos in the clear.
Nothing however could prepare those present for the denouement that was to come.
Stormers (17) — Tries: JJ Kotze, Evan Roos, Warrick Gelant. Conversion: Manie Libbok.
Ulster (15) — Tries: Rob Baloucoune, Stewart Moore. Conversion: John Cooney. Penalty: Cooney.
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