All the points came in a harum-scarum first half in which both sides played some thrilling rugby. It was perhaps no surprise that the second period couldn’t live up to the opening 40 and both sides missed penalty chances to win the game.
The South African side will be happier with the result, the best they’ve achieved so far on their mini tour of Europe.
Edinburgh couldn’t have wished for a better start. They were 14-0 ahead after only six minutes as they tore into the Stormers from the first whistle.
Jaco van der Walt was at the heart of things, playing in Darcy Graham for the opening try in the third minute with a smart show and go. The stand-off was the creator again three minutes later, breaking a tackle in midfield then feeding Vellacott who ran in the score from the Stormers 22.
Van der Walt converted both and everything was looking rosy in the Edinburgh garden but the Stormers countered two minutes later when hooker Scarra Ntubeni offloaded to full-back Warrick Gelant who plunged over.
Tim Swiel converted and added a penalty shortly afterwards to reduce Edinburgh’s once-proud lead to a measly four points.
It was end to end stuff, with both sides going full throttle. Graham was brilliantly tackled by Sergeal Peterson when he looked to be in for a try in the corner and the Stormers’ Rikus Pretorious was then denied in the Edinburgh 22.
The home side edged further ahead with van der Walt penalty but the Stormers were coming into the game more and more and Edinburgh were struggling to cope with their physicality.
The hosts were in trouble when they lost their own lineout close to their tryline. The Stormers turned the screw and scrum-half Paul de Wet went in under the posts after good work by the muscular Evan Roos. Swiel’s conversion made it 17-17 and the sides went in at the break level at 20-20 after van der Walt and Swiel exchanged penalties.
The second half was less of a free for all but just as compelling as both sides slugged it out. The noise when Edinburgh won a scrum penalty just inside the Stormers half was as loud as the roar that greeted their tries and the players were equally animated. Van der Walt opted for a pop at goal but his long-range effort just fell short.
The Stormers then blew a golden opportunity to edge ahead when Swiel put a penalty wide from the 10 metre line after Dave Cherry had been pinged.
Damien Hoyland, on for debutant Ramiro Moyano, tried to breach the visitors’ defence with a delicate chip through but play was called back for an earlier infringement which Edinburgh failed to capitalise on.
There was drama in injury time when Swiel tried to win the game with a drop goal. The fly-half was off target but Edinburgh full-back Henry Immelman gathered and went on a mazy run from his own in-goal area. He made it to his own 22 before being hauled back. Van der Walt decided enough was enough and kicked the ball dead.