In non world cup years players go from SR, to TRC to Mid-year internationals almost without a break. That is a very demanding schedule. But in world cup years we have a 1 and a half month window between the last game (i'm not counting Randwick as i consider a 74-0 win more along the lines of a training). Ask any sports physician and they will all, invariably, assure you that a month and a half is more than enough for a player to rest after a hard season, IF he is not injured. That is precisely why in this very same thread we were all talking about how we didn't give a shite about TRC this year and we wanted to have virtually no friendlies, which is what happened. The pressure is higher in a WC year BECAUSE of the world cup, but the pressure is lower in the moments preceding the world cup, which is the relevant part here. Some of the players who underperform (Urdapilleta, Sanchez) didnt even play SR this season. I dont see a shred of evidence to support the claim that resting was the problem. Another problem with that argument is that if that were true, you would see the stats (less tackles, more % of missed tackles, etc) worsen across time. That is not the case. The worst pumas performance was the first half of the first game. I cant buy that either. You truly believe that Japan beat Ireland because they were well-rested? They didn't just beat them, they outplayed them. Preparation i can understand. Rest, all the evidence i have strongly implies that is not the case here. Sanchez, Cubelli, Moroni and Boffelli having a brain fart on the first game has little to do with their lack of rest.