Still, Rabada's efforts, plus contributions from Lungi Ngidi and Vernon Philander kept the total to 243, Australia's lowest win-the-toss-and-bat-first score of the Smith captaincy era.
Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla ground out half-centuries as South Africa, under the cloud of disciplinary action, made slow progress on the second day of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park on Saturday.
Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee for the incident, in which he had to be held back by team-mates as the teams returned to the changing sheds in Durban.
Both sides, however, have denied claim and counter-claim as to what was said or who was the main protagonist and captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith called for calm on Thursday. You really just never know.
"I imagine it will be very hard for him to keep his job as vice-captain if he gets suspended", Clark said on Fox Sports News."Because it means he's bringing the game into disrepute and he's also bringing Cricket Australia into disrepute. He's got a job to do and he knows what that is and we expect him to do it well". "If you are saying something you've got to take it and that's the opinion of Quinton", he said. "Any guy in the world would eventually say something back".
Warner has been cleared to play after accepting a penalty of three demerit points and a $13,000 fine for his part in the fracas, while de Kock was given one demerit point and a smaller fine. Each demerit point stays on a player's record for a period of 24 months, staying active even after the four-point threshold is broken.
"They are a team that have always done it [mind games] and they will always do it", Du Plessis said. "We try to let the cricket do the talking". They could be in jeopardy should Clark's thinking prove accurate. Now that it's happened, it's possibly an angle we can look to get to. We don't look to find the grey areas. I think every time he plays for Australia Davey is pretty fired up and ready to go. "The style of play that the team comes with is probably the style of play that they believe they need to play with". We are similar as a team.
Rabada took three of his wickets in an over, and removed Australian batsmen on the last ball before tea and first ball after it, to turn the tide in the home team's favor.
"On behalf of CSA, I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.