Their high penalty count and a yellow card shortly before halftime nudged the Irishmen into an encouraging 24-7 lead after finding themselves only 10-7 ahead in the lead-up to the card, and they added their fourth try after the break for a bonus-point 31-14 victory.
Connacht opened up the scoring with a penalty goal in the fourth minute and they backed this up with a try from a smart cross-kick six minutes later to hand them a 10-0 lead.
Masixole Banda scored the Isuzu Southern Kings first try in the 27th minute, but Lupumlo Mguca’s yellow card for infringing in the scrums handed Connacht an edge as they were awarded a penalty try, which they followed up with their third try of the match on the stroke of halftime compliments of Matt Healy.
The hosts struck first in second half as Ntabeni Dukisa crashed over in the 51st minute to reduce the deficit to 10 points, but Paul Boyle pushed the match out of range for the Isuzu Southern Kings as he scored their fourth try.
Guinness PRO14 Round 9 results and scorers (click on the hyperlink for the full scoresheet):
Isuzu Southern Kings 14 (7) Connacht 31 (24)
- Isuzu Southern Kings – Tries: Masixole Banda, Ntabeni Dukisa. Conversions: Masixole Banda (2).
- Connacht – Tries: Cian Kelleher, Matt Healy and Paul Boyle. Conversions: Jack Carty (2), David Horwitz. Penalty Goal: Jack Carty.
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