Animenewsnetwork - Last week, Sand ninja Shira exchanged blows with Rock Lee during the food fight, establishing them as foes for the next round of the chunin exam. Sure enough, Shira acts as a leader for all Sand ninja participating in this round, tasking them with taking out Team Guy because he sensed they were strong. They are definitely strong, but no more so than any other team from the Hidden Leaf. However, with Naruto out of the picture in this arc, the show must establish other protagonists. Lee plays that role this week, and Shira's reliance on taijutsu makes them an evenly matched pair.