The members of the Four Celestial Symbols Men create a triangular formation, using the waterways to stop Gaara from using his sand powers. Meanwhile, Shikamaru and Kiba are having trouble backing up Temari and Kankurō. Before the third member of the rogue ninja can kill Gaara, Lee and Naruto arrive to save him. At this point, Sakura's task is to head around aiding those with injuries. Shikamaru and Temari use a collaboration attack to wipe out their enemy, and Akamaru pulls the pieces of Kankurō's broken puppet together to surprise the second enemy, killing him as well. Lastly, Gaara uses a sand spear to take out the third member and pursues the leader in hopes of saving his student, Matsuri.