I just watched the Naruto/Sasuke vs. Gaara fight again.
Gaara beat Sasuke, and then Tied with Naruto.
Two of the main Characters were manhandled by Gaara...
Gaara solo'd Sasuke. Sauske had to hide behind a Tree 80% of the fight like a Punk.
Naruto got smacked around for 50% of the ground fight, and then he finally started fighting back.
Then they used their summons which ended up as a tie, but Narruto broke Gaara's Bijuu.
Then they finished off on the treetops with a tie.
I liked that fight.
*It seemed like Gaara was the strongest Pt.1 Genin. What do you think?