In the team game
, the "backs" are the defensive players. Most four-player teams operate with two backs, whose job is to sabotage the opposing team's attacks with simple tactics such as the huff
, or more intricately worked combinations. Defensive backs are also occasionally involved in attacks, often arriving suddenly to win the game. Backs account for about 10% of MC team victories: although the famous Earl's Court MCC and England back of the 50's, Ian Hoile, played the winning move in an incredible 31% of his team's victories, while holding a fearsome defensive record.