City were out of the starting blocks on fire, Ayanda Patosi’s effort sailing over the bar merely 30 seconds into the encounter. Less than a minute later Teko Modise delivered a cross that picked out debutant Rusike who handed the visitors the advantage with a good headed goal.
The Clever Boys looked to bounce back immediately and played positive attacking football, looking for a leveller.
Chances fell to James Keene, Vincent Pule, Sifiso Myeni and Lehlohonolo Majoro, but they were either denied by a sound City defence or didn’t make the most of their chances.
Hunt’s men dominated the ball, playing most of the stanza deep in City’s half.
The sides went into the break with the Braamfontein outfit a goal behind by with all the momentum.
Thulani Hlatshwayo was unlucky not to find the elusive goal when his effort was cleared off the line by Modise.
With the clock winding down, Gabadinho Mhango managed to work a yard of space on the edge of the area and fire towards goal, his effort going narrowly past the outside of the upright.