Brothers Sam and Ben O'Dea have won a beach volleyball bronze medal for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games, defeating England's Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf in the third-place play-off.

Ben O'Dea's troublesome shoulder didn't appear to be a big concern as siblings, grandsons of 1950s All Black Bob O'Dea, wrapped up the medal in straight sets 21-13 21-15.

"When you're playing in a big match like this, on centre court, adrenaline seems to be the best drug," Ben said.

New Zealand opened up a big lead early in the first set, going up 5-0 before England had a chance to catch their breath.

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The sets took only 20 minutes each as New Zealand used their superior blocking skills to shut England out of the match.

Ben said the bronze medal was a good result after they lost a semi-final to Canada on Wednesday.

"I think we did a really good job of getting over that semi-final loss real quick," Ben said.

"Sometimes you can be really disappointed you lost a game and other times you can know you lost to one of the best teams in the world.

"If we'd played that match and not given it a really good crack, it would have been a lot harder a pill to swallow, but we played really, really well in parts but they were the better team on the day."

- NZN