I have a theory. My theory is that Hunter benefited from a brief window in pop culture history where the hipster beard was little understood and was perceived as being reflective of a hard ■■■■ bushranger nutter type rather than a barista working in a vegan cafe type.
I suspect everything we perceived as being tough - “oh did you hear the sound of that bone crunching hit from Hunter” was colored by this preconceived perception.
We heard what we wanted to hear. We saw what we wanted to see.
The same flesh slapping sounds were there for all the non bearded seconds players running around on those cold winter paddocks. Our minds chose not to hear.
On topic. I thought Moorcroft was a spud and would never get a game.