Dosu’s attacks disorient Lee, but he persists in his attempts to protect Sakura. When he was no longer able to stand on his feet, he collapses to the ground, and Sakura tries to protect both him and Naruto and Sasuke. Meanwhile, Team 10 watches the battle and ponders whether they should get involved. They see Sakura being captured by Kin Tsuchi, who holds her by the hair and taunts her, claiming that she cared more about her looks than her ninja skills. Realizing that Kin is right, and tired of constantly needing someone else’s help, Sakura pulls out a kunai and cuts off her hair to free herself, much to the amazement of Ino and Kin watching.