- Enter the backline to make a positive contribution. Don’t stand in the backline as an extra pair of hands.
- When entering the backline on attack, make an impact by changing the pace, angle and rhythm of the attack. Do not enter if an extra pair of hands is going to slow the attack.
- Enter the line as late and as unexpectedly as possible.
- Do not stand in the gap that is to be run into prior to play starting.
- The pass should give the full back three receiving options:
- Close to the ball carrier
- In the gap
- Drifting out with the ball to an outside gap
- Be deep enough to sum up the options.
- Determine the pattern for the back three, set it early and if necessary ‘talk’ it into place as the attack develops.
- Be positive in making the tackle; make the move early to reduce the opposing player’s reaction time.
- Generally, encourage a ball carrier to take an outside break so that the touchline can be used as a defensive boundary. If the player is outnumbered, maintain a defensive position so the pass is delayed, giving time for support to arrive.
- Adjust your position to suit the playing conditions and the position of the set play on the field.
- With confidence, ‘imagined’ gaps can be left, ‘conning’ the opposing players to kick into them. This enables a skilful player to predict the position the kick will be made to allowing the ball to be moved into and regained.
- Rather than be caught standing under the ball flat-footed, such a move enables the full back to run to the ball, catch it and move away. The full back is more difficult to tackle when moving and can leap into the air to catch the high ball.