It's nice to see that the Konoha nins called Naruto out on his dangerous way of dealing with Sasuke. And it's also nice to see Kishimoto admit through Naruto admit that he's weaker than Sasuke after all(Come on, we've known it all along! 5-minute Sage Mode vs. Katon, Raiton, Genjutsu and Mangekyo?!) though that shouldn't have been an excuse for not beating him in his weakened state.
There is one thing that worries me very much, however.
A theory that's making rounds on the onemanga forums is that the secret Naruto's keeping(and the reason he thinks he couldn't beat Sasuke even in his weak state) is that Sasuke has the Kyuubi's Yin chakra. As ridiculous as this sounds, reading Karin's thoughts on the Kyuubi chakra's familiarity and knowing Kishimoto's infinite love for his Uchiha son I can actually see this happening. I don't have to elaborate why this would be a horrible idea. What do you people think of it?