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MIKE SCHMID saluted Seb Stegmann after the powerful winger made his long-awaited Esher comeback following a career-threatening injury.

Former England Under-20s star Stegmann ended a two- year injury nightmare by returning in Esherís battling 29-20 defeat at Nottingham on Friday.

The 22-year-old has been fighting back to full fitness after suffering a cruciate injury over two years ago.

Now Stegmann, who came through the Esher junior ranks, hopes to force his way back into the first-team reckoning at Harlequins.

Esher Director of Rugby Schmid said: "Seb was superb. It was great to see him playing again and we all hope heís on the road back.

"Heís been so unlucky with injuries, missing almost two years of rugby, but heís close to being where he was, which was on the verge of being a regular Quins winger.

"Heís a big physical kid but with a great step and lots of pace and we hope weíve helped him get back to being a Premiership winger again."

Schmid hopes to have Stegmann available for Saturdayís trip to fellow strugglers Moseley if Quins release him.

Another dual-registered player Ollie Lindsay-Hague also impressed on his Esher debut at Nottingham after coming on as a replacement.

The England Sevens star scored a try while scrum-half Chris Cook capped a fine display with the opener as Esher came close to pulling off a shock win at Meadow Lane.

Esher, missing players 17 to injuries and World Cup calls, hit back from 23-3 down and had the home side hanging on at the end.

Schmid admitted he was delighted with the display even though Esher remain bottom of the Championship after three straight defeats and without a point.

Schmid said: "I couldnít have asked for anything more from the boys in terms of effort, commitment, physicality and work-rate.

"We made a few mistakes in the first half but there was only one team in it in the second and my biggest disappointment was coming away with nothing.

"If Rob Kirby, who played very well, had had his kicking boots on we might well have come away with a win. Their guy kicked all his goals but we didnít take our chances."

Schmid will be demanding the same attitude when Esher visit Moseley on Saturday.

He said: "Itís always a tough place to go but winning games against sides like Moseley is vital if we are to get out of the bottom four.

"We have set our benchmark in terms of performance at Nottingham and we must bring the same intensity and energy at Moseley.

"But there were a lot of positives and if we can just eliminate a few crucial things at crucial times then we can win these games.

"But the exciting thing is that a lot of these players are putting their hands up and itís going to be tough for players to get back in the side when they return from their injuries."

15 Rob Kirby, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Tom Cassons, 12 Arran Cruickshanks, 11 Tom Loizides, 10 Richard Mill, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Mike McFarlane 7 Sam Stitcher (C), 6 John Downey, 5 Ian Kench, 4 Perry Parker, 3 Ricky Nebbett, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Robin Boot

Replacements Ollie Mines, Matt Symons, Chris Goodman, Stuart Mackie, Peter Synnott, Sam Edgerley, Ollie Lindsay-Hague

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