Connacht head coach Andy Friend said his side matched the beautiful with the brutal in their bonus-point 34-7 win against the Vodacom Bulls at the Sportsground.

The home side picked up their first win of the new United Rugby Championship with a dominant display against the Currie Cup champions, consigning the South Africans to a second heavy defeat in a row.

And while the hosts ran in five tries during the 80 minutes, the win was built on a powerful and physical defence, exemplified by a key stand on their own tryline to end the opening half.

Friend says it was a hugely satisfying performance, and a big tribute to defence coach Colm Tucker.

"It definitely was our foundation, our defence was our foundation," he said.

"Cullie Tucker is our defence coach and he's been hurting the last few weeks because we leaked a few points, but he's got a great system, he's got a great style about him, he asks for energy and he asked for passion in defence and he got for that.

"I was stoked in the manner of how the boys stood up physically."

Connacht killed the game off inside the opening 10 minutes of the second half, when Tom Daly and then Mack Hansen scored tries to turn a 10-7 lead into a 22-7 gulf.

The latter's try was sensational, winning an aerial duel inside his own half before turning Johan Goosen inside and out to as he scorched his way to the line.

Friend said Hansen's effort was fit to grace any game, adding that it was just reward for a patient approach by his team.

"That was the game-breaker, and just what an amazing try," he said.

"We'd had one pulled back already and when they went to the TMO I'm thinking, 'Please, don't not allow it, it's such a special try'.

"It was brilliant rugby, he's a hell of a footballer, and that's just the start of it.

"Exactly what we wanted to happen happened and the floodgates opened.

"Mack Hansen was outstanding, set up a beautiful try but there were other great tries there, Tom Daly got a couple, Tommy Faz (Farrell) got one, it was just really good rugby.

"We needed it, because it's a new style of footy we're playing. It looks good in theory but until you get the win, you never know, do you?"