Kiba is carried away to regain consciousness. Before leaving, he begs Hinata to surrender if she will fight against Gaara or Neji Hyuga. Hinata and Neji face off together for the eighth preliminary match, and Hinata does not follow Kiba’s advice. Cousins, Neji and Hinata are members of separate houses of the Hyuga Clan. He ridicules Hinata for being weak and thus not deserving of her superiority in their family, and tells her to give up. He analyzes her personality flaws and considers her a failure, which almost brings her to tears. Upset by Neji’s words, Naruto inspires Hinata to defeat him.