I’d take Harry Grant but most of the reason is because he is much younger, it doesn’t reflect the comparisons of their respective performances on Wednesday Night.
When someone like Payne Haas makes 32 metres from 6 runs you know that Queensland did some sort of job on NSW, this is a young kid with a massive motor and generally makes 150+ metres each game at Club Level and Cookie only made 60 metres from 12 runs.
The Maroons intensity and line speed was definitely up there with the Maroons in their golden era on their 8-0 series winning streak.
The only issue i have with Cookie’s game is his service from Dummy half needs some work, he is improving the timing of his runs at a rate of knots and his the improvement in Defence astounds me - His try saving tackle on Corey Oates earlier this year was a contender for Try Saver Of The Year.
If there was an NRL Draft tomorrow, I’d be confident Harry Grant would be Top 2 or 3 - He is an absolute superstar already at age 22, Cook is very good but is age 30 and doesn’t have the same window on his side.
Realistically though we can’t have the best player in every position, Cook is certainly in the top echelon of Hooker’s overall and we are lucky to have found him.