It's nine hours of flights for just 36 minutes of football, but for Canberra product Harley Smith-Shields it was all worth it. The young Canberra Raiders outside back got his first taste of NRL life in the Nines in Perth, scoring a try against a star-studded South Sydney side on Saturday. Canberra lost both of their group games to miss out on progressing to the finals, going down to the Rabbitohs 29-8 on day two and 27-10 to the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night. They jumped out of the blocks to grab leads in both games, but couldn't hold on against far more experienced teams. The Raiders' focus is on much bigger prizes, having made last year's NRL grand final.