Morocco overpowered Belgium 46-12, to take the Euro Med Challenge trophy at the Stade de la Meditérrannée in Beziers.
The game was played in searing temperatues as a curtain-raiser before the Super League clash between Catalans and Hull, on Saturday.
The Moroccans greater experience of regular competition in France was 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 Dragons forward 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.”
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