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The Highlanders gave it their best shot in Christchurch last night against the All Black-stacked Crusaders.
They produced a quality first half, trailing just 17-14 at the break, but in the second half, the Crusaders kicked away to win the Super Rugby quarterfinal 38-14.
Smith, in his 153rd game for the Highlanders, was a class act, as usual, at fullback
and enjoyed a standing ovation from the crowd when he left the field with 10 minutes left.
Yes, you read it right - Crusaders fans applauded an opposing player.
Smith was part of the first try the Highlanders scored and ran the ball up hard. As usual, it was hard to find a mistake in his game.
Others departing, including locks Jackson Hemopo and Tom Franklin, played themselves to a standstill, while Liam Squire showed his usual no regard for his body.
It was a gallant and brave effort from the Highlanders - and there were some bone-shaking hits from both teams - but the Crusaders got the chocolates.
For Smith and the others taking off, it is time to ride off into the sunset.
A new generation of Highlanders is set to take the cape from Smith and company - big jobs, fellas.