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adj. Football
Accomplished by a ball carrier against defenders who are scattered over the field, as on a punt return: broken-field running.
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Adj.1.broken-field - varying in direction suddenly and frequently; "broken-field running"
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
broken - not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"
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A player who runs hard and boasts plenty of pace, he showed how dangerous a broken-field runner he can be when he evaded four defenders for a superb first international try in the second Test against Argentina in the summer.
Williams would be an important figure for Wales even without their injuries, for the 26-year is a broken-field runner who does what it says on the tin and can play with dash from either fullback or wing.
"He is a really good rugby player and an extremely dangerous broken-field runner," Solomons said.
With that monkey off their back now - and Sam Gallagher leading the line up front, Jeremie Boga operating as a dangerous broken-field runner and more stability at the back - there is no reason why it should be their last.
He said: "He (Adams) is a really good rugby player, he's an extremely dangerous broken-field runner, he's very dangerous.
"On his day, Elliot is one of the best broken-field runners at this level and has real X factor.
Opponents have now done plenty of analysis on Young's team, and know they are deadly broken-field counter-attackers.
Equally ingrained is the notion of the impact player, an expression which has come to signify someone coming on to add a burst of broken-field energy in the last 20 minutes of a game.
Telusa Veainu looks the pick of the tryscorer options given the strength of his broken-field running and he is a nice price at 100-30.
But Newcastle had no intention of letting their momentum drop, replacement Mark Wilson helping create their fourth try with 10 minutes remaining as their broken-field running created holes in the defensive line.
"Behind the pack you've got the likes of Stefan Ratchford who is a fantastic broken-field runner with a knack of taking advantage of any weaknesses in the opposition defensive line.
The controllers were very helpful, allowing me to do some off-air-way broken-field running to stay out of them, but it was time: To get home, we needed to find something approaching a soft spot and get to the other side.