i have lost respect for the manga! (NOT!) (chap 233) NOT!. well, it seems the good people of the forum gave a few good reasons, and a few not so good reasons. The best thing that was said was that: it doesn't really matter what was logical to happan, or who is really stronger, it was needed for the story, that sauske will win, so naruto will grow stronger, and sauske the same. it's for the story.