The 20-year-old was among the Maroons best playing 70 minutes, picking up a try and amassing no less than 39 tackles in a performance reminiscent of his form with Melbourne so far this year.
Ironically Smith will line-up against many of his Queensland teammates this Sunday when the sixth-placed Storm take on the third-placed Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park (2.30pm).
Despite losing the Origin series 2-1 to New South Wales, Smith believes the enormity of last night�s match will be etched in his memory forever.
�I still can�t quite believe how well everything panned out to be honest, it�s unbelievable really,� Smith said.
�I didn�t really expect to be in a State of Origin side this soon and then to beat the Blues on debut in front of my home crowd and grab a try as well, it�s all come together at once.
�I didn�t see it as the last game of the series I saw it as an Origin match that was there to be won, I really didn�t want NSW to win three nil.�
Smith revealed a weeklong agreement amongst the QLD camp had laid the platform for last night�s victory.
�It was great the way the team played, we all agreed over and over again during the week that we needed to play for a bit of pride and I think it really showed.
�To get such a big win up against the Blues under those circumstances was testament to that.�
The former Junior Kangaroo believes his own game will significantly benefit after packing down with the best rugby league players in the world.
�A game like that certainly gives you a bit of experience and with the pace being so fast it helps your own game,� the Storm rake explained.
�You pick up a bit of leadership that you can then bring back to your own club, it gives you a lot more confidence knowing that you�ve played against the best that�s on offer.�
Smith admits that the prospect of rounding out the biggest week of his life with a win over competition powerhouse Brisbane is tantalising.
�A few of the (QLD) boys were geeing me up about Sunday�s match and I asked them to go easy on me which they definitely won�t be,� he quipped.
�To play with the Maroons boys and get a win with them and then finish off the week with a win over the Broncos down in Melbourne would be especially satisfying.�
Smith, along with Storm and NSW prop Robbie Kearns, pulled up fine following last night�s match and will be fit to backup for Sunday�s clash.
�I�ve got the usual bumps and bruises and I�m certainly a lot more tired than I would be after a club game but I�m looking forward to getting on with it on Sunday,� Smith added.
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