All the genins that survived the preliminaries are standing firmly as the crowd looks forward to exciting matches. The bracket was changed though as Dosu was killed trying to take out Gaara. Naruto nervously looks around the stadium as people are already writing a victory of Neji. The two commence battle as Naruto tries using his shadow replication technique, but nothing gets past Neji's byakugan.
So the first eight minutes are pointless flashbacks that we didn't need to be reminded of, again, and the fight between Neji and Naruto takes almost two minutes to start while the camera is mostly concentrating on the referees needle he's chewing on, Neji's eyes, or Naruto's teardrop. It reminded me of those horrible Dragonball Z moments where the episode starts, the fight doesn't start yet, and the episode ends, with no fight. Well the fight started here, but still, it took forever to do so.