Continuity, often described as the skill of keeping the ball ‘alive’, relies on the ball-carrier choosing the best option to continue the attacking movement.
There are a number of options available to the ball carrier and support players in a continuity situation. They include passing before ever physically engaging the defender, passing out of or after contact ('Offload Skills') and the final action is to create a ruck. (A ruck would be formed when a player is tackled to the ground with the ball and both teams are competing for possession)
The ball-carrier and the supporting players must understand and effectively carry out their individual roles at contact in order to maintain continuity in the attacking movement. In the modern game, players' continuity skills are called upon more often than any other skill component.