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The 19-year-old was rushed down to the nation's capital to replace the Origin-bound Josh Morris.

Smith was anything but overawed and played a starring role despite limited preparation with two tries on his NRL debut.

He scored his first try after just six minutes into the contest with the rookie juggling a Moses Mbye pass to touch down with his first touch in the top grade.

He only had to wait another 20 minutes before he doubled his try-scoring tally thanks to another wonderful ball from his halfback.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.