POOLE Pirates roared past Leicester Lions to ease into the SGB Championship play-off final.

Pirates made the trip to Beaumont Park defending a slender six-point lead from the first leg, taking on a Leicester side who won nine of their 10 home league meetings this season.

However, Poole were the only side in the regulation campaign to win at the east Midlands track, and they did so again in style to book their spot in the league’s showpiece event with two heats to spare.

Pirates won 50-40 on the night, progressing into the final 98-82 on aggregate.

Steve Worrall (12+1) again top scored, while Rory Schlein (11) only dropped one point on the night.

Danyon Hume (9+2) and Benjamin Basso (8+3) also provided huge contributions, with Ryan Douglas (12) the pick of the Leicester septet.

Pirates, who are also into the Knockout Cup final, will now face either Edinburgh Monarchs or Glasgow Tigers in the play-off final.

The Scottish pair were due to take to the track this evening, but the meeting was rained off.

They will now ride on Thursday and Friday nights, meaning Pirates will have to wait to see who they will be facing.

Both clubs named the same one-to-seven as Wednesday’s first leg, meaning Zach Cook and Chris Harris again served as guests for the respective clubs with Stefan Nielsen and Hans Andersen out injured.

Worrall won the opening race, but Lions stormed back with a maximum in heat two led home by Zaine Kennedy, reducing the overall arrears to just four points.

But Pirates hit back in style in heat four. Danny King, who endured an off night in the first leg, guided Poole to a maximum of their own, Basso getting in ahead of Harris to take second.

A comfortable 5-1 followed for Poole from Worrall and Hume, putting the visitors 66-54 ahead on aggregate.

Pirates struggled out of the gate at Wimborne Road in the first leg but it was roles reversed this time around, another maximum following in heat eight from Hume and Basso, only for Leicester to hit back in kind in heat nine.

Basso was excluded from the following race after sending Kennedy sprawling, but Schlein ensured a share of the heat points in the re-run.

Two more shared heats followed to push Pirates to the brink of victory, before the tie was officially sealed in heat 13, Worrall and King storming to a 5-1 ahead of Nick Morris and Harris.

There was still time for some more late excitement, courtesy of Basso. Having been overtaken by Kyle Howarth, the young Dane read the move and cut back onto the home straight to win heat 14.

Worrall and Hume then added to their own personal points tallies in a shared final heat, Pirates progressing by 16 points on aggregate.

Pirates: Steve Worrall 12+1, Danyon Hume 9+2, Rory Schlein 11, Ben Cook 1, Danny King 8+1, Zach Cook 1, Benjamin Basso 8+3.

Leicester: Nick Morris 8, Dan Thompson 1, Ryan Douglas 12, Kyle Howarth 5+2, Chris Harris 5+1, Jordan Thompson 4+1, Zaine Kennedy 5+1.