Kings lose to Connacht in Pro14 clash

John Porch scored two tries as Connacht moved up to second in the Conference B of the Pro14 competition with a hard-fought 24-12 victory against the Southern Kings on Saturday evening in Galway.

The Aussie speedster crossed once in each half, while further scores from Bundee Aki and Finlay Bealham settled a bonus-point win for the home side. The Kings remain at the foot of the conference with just a single win this season, but they impressed and scored two tries through Erich Cronje and Scott van Breda.

Connacht, who arrived with four wins from six league games, started impressively, with Ireland international centre Aki powering over in the 12th minute.

However, the Port Elizabeth side, filled with confidence from securing their first-ever Pro14 away win at Ospreys last time out, hit back as centre Erich Cronje wrestled his way over four minutes later.

But it was Connacht who showed greater forward power and they moved ahead mid-way through the first half thanks to tries from prop Finlay Bealham and wing Porch. The Kings hit back on the stroke of half-time through fullback Van Breda, who only joined on loan from Worcester Warriors this week. Connacht strengthened their advantage early in the second half, as Conor Fitzgerald and Aki combined to release Porch, who sprinted in for his second try in the corner. With two predatory tries, the wing made the difference as the Irish province once again showed how dangerous they will be this season.

Scorers: Connacht 24 – Tries: Bundee Aki, Finlay Bealham, John Porch (2); Conversions: Conor Fitzgerald (2).

Southern Kings 12 – Tries: Erich Cronje, Scott van Breda; Conversion: Van Breda.