The most common method of evasion the fend or hand off is a skill that is often ineffective because the player fails to execute using appropriate technique. For an outside back it is often used alongside the sidestep, while a back carrying forward will use it to make ground and avoid being tackled.
A common fault when executing the fend is for the player to lead to early with the fend before the defensive player is committed. This can result in the defender being able to take the initiative and knock away the fend and make the tackle. It is therefore important that the action of fending should be as late as possible and as fast and dynamic as possible.
- Position defender while transferring the ball to the sternum.
- Cock arm ready to make contact.
- Plant same foot as arm, snap arm out quickly and make contact with the target area while still moving forward.
- Accelerate out of the contact