Just after the match started Gaara had another brutal headache and started talking about his mother. The scene changed to Naruto and Shikamaru in a flashback of the hospital events. Then Sasuke and Gaara officially started fighting. As Lee did previously, using the speed and taijutsu abilities he gained during his training, Sasuke is able to bypass Gaara's sand-based defences with ease. While the match continues, Naruto and Shikamaru both reflect on how Gaara thinks that his point in life is to kill others. Naruto decides that if the match continues, Sasuke will die, and rushes upstairs to tell Kakashi to stop the match. However, this time Gaara, determined to kill Sasuke, retreats inside his Shield of Sand to begin his transformation.