As for Gaara, he uses sand from his gourd that protects him and acts as a barrier. None of Lee's initial attacks worked until he dropped what seemed to be hundreds of pounds of weights hidden in his leg-warmers, whoa... After that his speed increased dramatically. Lee's taijustu skills was truly amazing, it was so fast that he beat the sand shield and landed several blows to what seemed to be an impenetrable defense. It looked for a while that Lee had the advantage. Unfortunately that was not the case. Along with the sand from his gourd, Gaara had sand covering his entire body acting as armor, Gaara retaliated with a barrage of sand attacks that drove Lee down a dangerous path in an attempt to defeat him.
The most gut wrenching sight had to be watching Lee's unconscious body, still standing, through sheer willpower, trying to fight on. This completely tore Gai apart to see his student like this. And what's worse, according to the medic, Lee was so badly injured that he will not be able to continue his life as a shinobi.
I can understand now why Gai did what he did, I probably would done the same if I were in his situation, I'm going to have to take Gai out for some sake later... Since I was wrong in judging his teaching.
The last round of preliminaries finished quickly. It was Chouji from Asuma's squad vs. Dosu from the Sound village. Choji collided with a wall and it was over. Right after the match, I went to check on Saskue at the hospital. Arriving there I found the ANBU I left guarding Saskue all dead. And a genin named Yakushi Kabuto in the room. I asked him what he was doing there and what he wanted with Saskue. And when I brought up Orochimaru, he claimed that there was no way to prove that he had any connection to him. He was being a smart ass which ticked me off a bit. I pushed a little harder to get some information out of him but but he outsmarted me and escaped, jumping out the hospital window. I'm not 100 percent sure what Kabuto's intentions were, but one thing is for certain. If he is working for Orochimaru, things are going to get bad...
That's it for now, I have some investigating to do.