CHRIS Holder smashed through the 2,500-point barrier in Pirates kevlars and left Wimborne Road holding its breath over the injury progress of Darcy Ward.

Holder completed his temporary stint with a closing haul of eight points in the 50-40 victory over table-toppers Lakeside and then departed to focus his attentions on the Grand Prix and league racing on the continent.

That left Poole’s number one berth open and supporters will have their fingers crossed that Ward will come through his world championship test in Finland on Saturday, having previously sustained ruptured knee ligaments.

Were Ward to feel less than fit in Tampere, Matt Ford will be forced into action with Holder’s availability limited for the rest of the season.

However, should the two-time world under-21 champion emerge unscathed, that could give the defending Elite League champions a timely shot in the arm as they aim to reach summit.

Pirates: 1 Chris Holder 8, 2 Josh Grajczonek 6, 3 Shamek Pawlicki 13+1, 4 Vaclav Milik 8, 5 Maciej Janowski 6+1, 6 Ben Hopwood 0, 7 Kyle Newman 9+2.