He earned the chance along with fellow youngsters Robbie Butterworth, Charlie Abraham and Oliver Farrar.
“I coached Kobe a little - not much - at Huddersfield when I was with the first team and he was in the academy,” said Poching.
“It was a little bit different on Boxing Day. I didn’t really know for sure that he was going to play or any of the young kids would until two days before because of all the Covid, changes and injuries.
“But once I got my mind set on it, I was confident in all four of them playing and he was just another player.
“But I did have a moment just before kick-off when I was shaking everyone’s hands where I did get a touch emotional. I had to walk away quickly and coach.
“That was quite strange but I was proud at the same time I was able to give him that.
“All four of them did themselves proud and did well.
“They all stood up. We were really pleased as a club to know we can go to those depths if needed. We’re happy with how we’re going ahead of the season start.”