KYLE Newman starred with paid 17 as Poole Pirates extended their unbeaten run to 12 meetings with a 54-36 win at Edinburgh Monarchs.

Pirates had already confirmed their spot in the grand final, but rounded off their play-off campaign with another comfortable victory, Steve Worrall, Richard Lawson and Zach Cook all contributing double figures.

Both sides were again a man short and operated rider replacement for the absent Craig Cook and Anders Rowe.

Pirates made a dominant start, storming into a 13-5 lead with Lawson, Newman and Zach Cook all claiming race wins.

Edinburgh hit back with a maximum of their own, before Worrall and Newman combined to extend the lead to eight.

That is as big as the gap remained as Monarchs kept the contest alive, including an astonishing ride from captain Josh Pickering. Having broken the tapes, the Aussie started 15 metres back, but still came through to win ahead of the Cook brothers.

The lead was then cut to 33-27 after heat 10, where Ben Cook missed the two-minute timer and Zach Cook’s bike packed up whilst on a maximum.

But Pirates produced a strong finish with three consecutive 5-1s, two of which through Worrall and Lawson.

Edinburgh 36 (71): Fredriksen 3, Thomson 3+1, Castagna 8+1, Pickering 15, Wood 0, Borke 7+2.

Pirates 54 (109): Lawson 11+2, B Cook 2+1, Z Cook 11, Worrall 12, Newman 14+3, Thompson 4+2.