Strider's hand unintentionally gripped the hilt of his lightsaber on his belt. It was evident to the other Hunters how badly he wished to just leap into the fray just to get at the Sith, but he was doing well to restrain himself. Strider knew he'd feel no remorse for felling a few Republic guards just to get to the Sith, but he would not risk murdering a Jedi.
He actually recognized several of the students accompanying Luke that he had assisted in their training, and convinced himself it wasn't worth the risk, and his grip loosened. Inside his mind, he cursed himself for jumping the gun, once again nearly giving into the dark desires that lay within him - surely something Tepe could sense all of now that he was directly facing the Sith Hunter.