Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart dismissed a 20-hour delay as an excuse for their loss to Newcastle declaring his players got to the sideline ready to play.
He also dismissed reports he was angry the Queensland government didn't allow the game to go ahead.
Stuart said the delay was a good test of character, after the Queensland government's three-day lockdown forced the NRL to shift Saturday's three games to Sunday - including the Raiders-Knights clash.
The Knights were far too good, running out 34-24 winners in the first game of a tripleheader at Lang Park on Sunday.
It was only after the NRL ramped up their biosecurity protocols that the Queensland government allowed the NRL to resume after initially banning professional sport during the lockdown.
A Sydney newspaper said Stuart was "angry" the NRL couldn't play while the races went ahead at Eagle Farm, where the last race was held after the lockdown began.
"Certainly the disruption, what went on [on Saturday] has no bearing on how we performed [Sunday] at all. Nothing at all," Stuart said.
"There was a headline in the [Sydney Morning] Herald this morning that I was angry about something. It couldn't be any further from the truth.
"All I've done is compliment the NRL and the officials in regards to what they have given us.
"They're working tirelessly with the government at the moment to keep this game going.
"Everybody's doing everything they possibly can, so no one's upset about the changes. The disruption had nothing to do with that poor performance.
"We've become accustomed to understanding that anything on the day can happen. For example [Saturday].
"It's a good test of character and we handle it fine. It didn't affect our preparation, it didn't have any disruptions towards the way we played.
"We got to the sideline ready to play. I was just disappointed with the start of the game because we couldn't get into it."
Knights coach Adam O'Brien was full of praise for the way his players and staff handled everything.
He revealed they all got together when the announcement of when they were playing came through on Saturday at 9.30pm, vowing to get on with it.
O'Brien was unsure how they would go about preparing for their clash against the Brisbane Broncos, which was scheduled for Thursday night - just four days after playing the Raiders.
He was even unsure what facilities they'd be able to use for their post-match recovery.
"I'm not even sure we're allowed to use the pools. Hopefully we get in the ice baths now. It's all about recovery," O'Brien said.
"We're not going to get any work done, I wouldn't imagine, on the field. I don't even know if [Thursday night's] confirmed yet.
"It's never been done before so I don't have a blueprint for a four-dayer, don't know."