The numbers add up for Dan as he heads for 1,000-point barrier
THE most startling statistic for a long time came in the last census when 176,632 people registered their religion as Jedi Knight.
As someone pointed out, that means more people in the United Kingdom claim to be followers of an eccentric faith based on the worship of Star Wars than are members of the Conservative Party.
Let's digress and consider another remarkable nugget of data that might interest those who class themselves as number crunchers.
At 23, Dan Biggar needs just 27 points to complete 1,000 in the Pro12 league.
The only other man to break through the magical four-figure barrier in the league, Dan Parks, did so at the age of 31.
On that basis, if he stays fit and well, Biggar can be expected to go on and eventually rewrite the Pro12 record books.
He showed his worth for the Ospreys again last Saturday when he set up their first try against Leinster in Dublin with a cleverly manufactured pass that put in Joe Bearman. He also had a 100 per cent return in front of goal: seven successful kicks from seven attempts, including one in the final minute to secure a 29-29 draw for his side.
A performance like that doesn't just happen.
It requires hours of practice, something Biggar fortunately isn't averse to, with the former Swansea man always last to come in off the training field at the region's base in Llandarcy, having peppered the posts for up to 45 minutes before calling it a day.
But anyone seeing him as a one-trick pony obviously hasn't been watching the Ospreys of late.
Not only has Biggar been nailing his kicks and managing games well, he has also been trying hard to create for others and hurling himself into tackles few fly-halves would even think of attempting.
It has been form that will do much to keep the other No. 10s at bay at the Ospreys, with two bright young talents in Matthew Morgan and Sam Davies having to be patient. And it will also not exactly weaken Biggar's case for holding the Wales No. 10 shirt this autumn.
He will have another chance to remind Warren Gatland what he can do when Edinburgh visit the Liberty on Saturday evening.
The Ospreys will undoubtedly fancy their chances against the Scots, but Edinburgh have a powerful scrum and are no mugs behind.
According to Biggar, their challenge has to be respected. "They'll come here and have a crack, we know that," he said.
"They have some real threats, particularly out wide with Tim Visser and Nikki Walker. We're well aware how dangerous they can be if they get half an opportunity.
"For us, it's about building a performance, building a score on the night, and turning a good performance into a winning one. We've had a decent start, but unless we back it up on Saturday then that's all it will be — a decent start."
Biggar continued: "The boys in the squad have done brilliantly over the first few weeks.
"We have the Lions coming back this week but people like Ben John and James King have been exceptional. We are fortunate to have Justin Tipuric still to return yet Sam Lewis has been probably our best player so far this season. He's been outstanding in the first couple of games."
Lewis was part of a back row that put in 44 tackles at the RDS, while two players, Andrew Bishop and King, shared 38 hits between them in monumental defensive displays.
Their efforts helped the Ospreys claim a share of the spoils at a venue where 17,000 fans made their voices heard.
"It makes a heck of a difference," said Biggar.
"If Leinster didn't have that crowd at the weekend I think we could have gone on and won that game fairly comfortably.
"They gave them a real lift in that last 10 or 12 minutes when they were up against it with a man in the bin and kept them going.
"That's what we want, as many people as possible in the stadium to make it as enjoyable as possible for players and spectators. Hopefully we can get a big crowd there on Saturday to help us turn a decent start into a good one."