Connacht 32 - 10 Southern Kings, Galway
Connacht managed to return to winning ways after they secured a 32-10 bonus point victory over Southern Kings in their Pro 14 encounter at Sportsground in Galway.
The Irish side had earlier picked a losing bonus during their 18-12 defeat to Glasgow in the opening game and are now positioned third in Conference while the Kings suffered their second consecutive defeat after they were trounced 57-10 by Scarlets in the previous game and now find themselves at the bottom of Conference B.
The visitors were reduced to 14 men temporarily in the game when Sibusiso Sithole was sin-binned in the 11th minute and it was capitalised by Thomas Farrell, who went past the line three minutes later while Jack Cary slotted the penalty. The Connacht fly-half kicked his first penalty in the 26th minute as the lead increased to 10 points.
Even though Kings made a brief comeback with a 31st minute try from Berton Klaasen, further touchdowns from Eoghan Masterson and Ultan Dillane meant, Connacht finished the first half strong with a 24-5 lead.
Kings showed more intent in the second half as Carty's penalty in the 47th minute remained the only points in the third quarter and as the final 10 minutes were approaching, Darragh Leader strolled past the post to make it 32-5 in favour of the hosts and also secured them a bonus point.
Replacement Luvuyo Pupuma scored a consolation try for the Kings in the 77th minute but it was Connacht, who were clinical in the game as they completed a 22 point victory.