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.