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Queensland's loss was Melbourne Storm's gain.

The decision by the Storm skipper to retire from representative football saw him play 26 NRL games in 2018 - the equal most appearances he has made in a single year during his 17-year career.

Smith showcased his trademark consistency to lead Melbourne to a third consecutive Grand Final appearance.

The 35-year-old also continued his record-breaking ways when, on the biggest stage, he made his 36th finals appearance - the most in NRL history.

Smith has now taken his NRL games record tally to an incredible 383 games - moving 28 games clear of Darren Lockyer who sits in second place (355).

The captain produced a lasting highlight in Round 16 when he slotted a long-range field goal to give Storm a one-point win over the Sydney Roosters at the Adelaide Oval.

Games played Tackles made Points Conversions Kick metres 
 26  1,056  201  82.35%  3,777