DONCASTER Knights’ stalwart Glen Kenworthy admits that he didn’t expect to be in the club’s starting line-up in the opening game of the 2011-12 Championship campaign.
The popular New Zealand-born second-rower, who played at Premiership level with Rotherham prior to joining Knights, became part of new director of rugby Brett Davey’s back-room team when becoming the club’s forward coach.
Although the 37 year-old was retained as a member of the Knights’ squad, he anticipated that his appearances would be limited this season.
“I certainly didn’t expect to be starting the first game of the season, but we’ve only got a small squad and we’ve got a few injuries.” he told The Star.
“It felt strange being a player-coach and it is going to be a long process getting used to it. It was disappointing to lose 38-12 but it is not the end of the world.
“We’ve got a few young guys who hadn’t played at this level before so it’s a bit of a learning curve. Even so I don’t think the score line reflected the game. I thought that we were still in it at 14-3 at half-time at even at 17-9.”
Knights make the long trip to Cornwall at the weekend to face Cornish Pirates, beaten play-off finalists last season.
“It’s a tough place to go and they are probably a better all-round side than Bristol, but they don’t frighten me,” he said.
“We’ve got to go down there with the mind-set that we can pick up something.”