In the deciding game of this season’s Euro Med Challenge, played at the Stade de la Meditérrannée in Beziers before the Super League clash between Catalans and Hull, Morocco XIII defeated a Belgian XIII 46-12 in searing heat.
The Moroccans greater experience of regular competition in France proved too much for an enthusiastic Belgian outfit to contain although they were in contention for an hour.
Three unanswered touchdowns in the final quarter settled the outcome in favour of the Moroccans, who were captained by former Catalans Dragon Younes Khattabi.
The Belgians, who have made encouraging strides in the competition, had an extremely hardworking front row and scored three unconverted tries while also missing out on another two when losing the ball in sight of the try line.
Coach Marc Delreux said, “I was proud of my players' efforts, ability to keep their cool and to give a good show in front of a more experienced team of regular French elite players. The experience will do us good.”
Warrington have secured their place at the top of Super League with a one-sided 30-point victory over title challengers Wigan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Hull KR are set to introduce a reserve team for the 2017 season.
Widnes coach Denis Betts is set to be named as an assistant coach with England.
Leeds front-rower Adam Cuthbertson says all the Rhinos players are putting in the effort to try and turn the club’s form around.