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Impressive Ulster has the tools to do the job in Cape Town

That will tell us a lot about this Ulster team.

here’s a ready-made list of available excuses should they miss out on Cape Town, but they’re looking more and more like a team capable of winning this tournament. Backing up their impressive win over Munster by beating the Stormers would be another giant step forward.

Can they do it?

Well, to do that they would have to overcome the challenge of the trip to South Africa this week and a talented and powerful home side who are fit and have one of the tournament’s most impressive players in No.8 Evan Roos.

On their last visit to Cape Town, Ulster were denied a win by a terrible refereeing decision and they return with a stronger squad.

Their backline is capable of unlocking any defense, while their pack is down a few key players but still has the ability to hold their own in this business.

For a number of Irish hopefuls, it’s a chance to convince Andy Farrell they have what it takes to tour New Zealand.

But basically it’s about finishing off a promising season with a final and, if they can get over that hurdle, they’ll have a real chance next week.

The inclusion of Sprinbok Damian Willemse at center is a real boost for the home side who boast two of the best scrummagers in the world game in the top tier.

Like all South African teams, the Stormers will start their mission there, but they are also an entertaining team to watch and there is real potential for it to explode into an entertaining game.

Home advantage counts for more when your visitors have to cross continents and the likely outcome is a win for the Stormers.

However, this Ulster side have shown real character at times this season and need to realize that it’s as good a chance as any to pick up some silverware.

The opportunity is there and they have the tools to win the game. Realizing this potential would confirm their arrival as a force.

Verdict: Ulster

STORMS – W Freezing; Sematla S, Nel R, Willemse D, Zas L; M Libbok, H Jantjies; S Kitshoff (captain), JJ Kotze, F Malherbe; S Moerat, M Orie; D Fourie, H Dayimani, E Roos. Representatives: AH Venter, B Harris, N Fouché, A Smith, E van Rhyn, N Xaba, G Masimla, S Mngomezulu.

ULSTER-S Moore; Baloucoune R, Hume J, McCloskey S, McIlroy E; B Burns, J Cooney; A Warwick, R Herring, T O’Toole; To O’Connor, I Henderson (captain); Marcus Rea, N Timoney, D Vermeulen. Representatives: J Andrew, E O’Sullivan, G Milasinovich, K Treadwell, Matty Rea, N Doak, I Madigan, B Moxham.

REF – Mr Adamson (Scotland)

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