At halftime Bulls coach Jake White felt the need to summon the cavalry in the shape of flyhalf Morne Steyn, flank Marcell Coetzee and centre Harold Vorster, all vastly experienced players.
Another replacement, Lizo Gqoboka arguably made the biggest difference as he brought solidity to the Bulls.
Tambwe made amends for his earlier gaffe when he surged into the line on an diagonal run after Steyn and Vorster set up an inside pass.
Then in slightly bizarre circumstances, Embrose Papier scored a try that only those in attendance saw. Transmission from the ground was interrupted as Papier got onto the scoresheet and things got a bit awkward when referee Jaco Peyper asked for the television match official’s opinion.
That facility was no longer available and for safety reasons the feed had to be dropped soon after.
With very few watching, the Stormers pulled off something quite remarkable at the death.
Bulls (26) — Tries: Johan Grobbelaar, Madosh Tambwe, Embrose Papier, Elrich Louw. Conversions: Chris Smith, Morne Steyn (2)
Stormers (30) — Tries: Seabelo Senatla (2), Herschel Jantjies, Paul de Wet. Conversions: Manie Libbok (2). Penalties: Libbok (2)